Christian Dior by Marc Bohan Haute CoutureÂ Ensemble, Spring-Summer 1961
Worn by de Havilland in the photograph on the cover of her 1961 book 'Every Frenchman Has One'and for the press reception in March of 1961 in Atlanta for the special showing of "Gone with the Wind" in honor of the Centennial of the Commencement of the Civil War..
Ensemble consisting of jacket, dress, bodice, bag and belt of peach raw silk. The main seams of the ensemble are sewn by machine while the inside, finishing stitches are done by hand. The jacket has a notched collar, 3/4 length sleeves and hangs open down the center front with no closures. The sleeveless bodice has a scoop neckline, gathers into a tight waistband and closes down the center back with a zip. The bodice comes with two separate belts, which attach to the bodice with snaps. One belt is plain and made of self-fabric, the second is heavily embroidered with beads, sequins and gold thread. The dress is made of an a-line skirt with a box pleat down center front and is attached to a peach silk sleeveless blouse. The dress closes down the center back with a zip.Â
The bag and hat are made of the same material as the ensemble. The bag is a clutch style with no handle and one main flap decorated with a flat bow. The hat is self-fabric shaped into a gathered and fitted cap with a bow at the center back and an inner wire in the hem.Â
Label: Christian Dior / Paris / Printemps-Ete 1961
Haute Couture Unique ID Number: 109203 (dress), 109204 (jacket)Â
Bodice and two belts are unlabelled. The bag is stamped 'Christian Dior / Paris'.Â
Approximate Flat Measurements Across the Front:
JACKETÂ Bust: 21" (left open 1")Waist: 19" (left open 1")Shoulder: 16"
Sleeve (shoulder to hem): 16.5"Â Length (from underarm): 11.5"
BODICEBust: 19.5"Â Waist: 13.5"Shoulder: 16"Â Length (from underarm): 11.5"
DressBust: 16"Waist: 13.5"Â Hips: 19"
Shoulder: 13.5"Â Length (from underarm): 30.5"Â
Bag: 9" L x 1" W x 6" HÂ
Provenance: Haute Couture and Hollywood Designs Worn by Dame Olivia de Havilland.