hat

 
Designer
Creation date
Materials
silk
Dimensions
7 x 12 1/4 in.
Credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Kajfez
Accession number
1995.168B
Collection
Not Currently On View

Dior introduced his last two lines, Libré (Free) and Fuseau (Spindle), in 1957. His concept for these lines was "ease and walk-ability." This day dress with matching hat is a perfect example of his inspiration.

The dress represents Dior's gradual shift from a very tight, restricted waistline to a looser more naturally fitting waist. A lower neckline was achieved with gathered fabric that wrapped around the body. The hat was derived from a man's topee, also known as a pith helmet, a light-weight hat worn for protection from the sun.

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