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A Dior dress sold at auction for 96,000 euros

One of the jewels of the "Christian Dior, haute couture 1949-1958" lot sold at record price

A Dior dress sold at auction for 96,000 euros One of the jewels of the Christian Dior, haute couture 1949-1958 lot sold at record price

Last July 5th, an exceptional Dior dress found its new home at an auction organized by Maison Rossini in Paris. Sold for 96,000 euros, well above the initial estimations, this iconic piece from the 1950s sparked the enthusiasm of collectors and marked an important moment in fashion history. From Christian Dior's spring-summer 1958 collection, this short evening dress is made of four elements - a cowl neck top, a skirt, a belt, and a shawl - in ivory satin hand-embroidered with floral and geometric details enhanced with sequins and seed pearls. Far from being a simple garment, this creation is a true treasure of fashion history. It transports us to a bygone era when Christian Dior reigned supreme over the world of haute couture, dictating the canons of feminine elegance. His New Look silhouette, characterized by full skirts and cinched waists, had revolutionized post-war fashion, infusing a new dose of femininity and glamour into a society in the midst of reconstruction.

This record sale testifies to the growing appeal of luxury vintage pieces. These items, carriers of unique history and craftsmanship, represent much more than mere clothing. They are precious investments, works of art in their own right, fetching sometimes staggering sums at auction. Collectors are increasingly turning to vintage pieces, drawn by their authenticity, quality, and historical value. In the face of the growing homogenization of clothing production, they offer a unique and authentic alternative, allowing individuals to stand out and express their personality through their style. Moreover, their often impeccable craftsmanship and unparalleled durability make them coveted collectibles. The sale of this Dior dress is part of a broader trend that sees vintage fashion rising to the status of a safe haven. The prices of vintage pieces continue to rise over time, making them secure and potentially very lucrative investments for collectors.

In 2022, an evening dress by Hubert de Givenchy worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was sold for a record sum of 9.1 million dollars at an auction in London. This astronomical figure illustrates the growing value collectors place on vintage haute couture pieces. Vintage pieces, witnesses to a bygone era and imbued with unparalleled artisanal craftsmanship, continue to fascinate and inspire future generations. The Dior dress sold for 96,000 euros is a perfect illustration of this. It represents a precious fragment of fashion history, and its new owner will have the privilege of cherishing it and passing it on to future generations.