Dior – Isabelle

The Isabelle gown at the Dior display

The Isabelle gown at the Dior display

One of my absolute favourite gowns from the Dior display at the Glenbow Museum was Isabelle, a pinstriped black and grey gown with a huge pink cumberbund and bow.

I love the bodice construction on this, but I don’t quite understand the waist treatment – an angled drop waist that falls below the cumberbund…

The Isabelle gown at the Dior display

The Isabelle gown at the Dior display

If you look closely, you can see the waistline on this dress – the angled point below the pink sash.

The Isabelle gown display screen

The Isabelle gown display screen

Like the other displays, this dress also had a digital screen with details about the gown. It was from the Autumn/Winter 1948 Envol line, and is made of silk pekin with a silk satin sash.

The Isabelle gown display screen

The Isabelle gown display screen

The display goes on to say that the dress itself weighs nearly 4kg. It says that the dress is made from 12.04 meters of fabric…. but then also goes to say that the skirt itself was cut from 12.8meters and the lining from 10.10 meters. It doesn’t outline the amount of yardage that went into the bodice or sash… I’m not sure which of these measurements is incorrect.

It also says that the skirt was made of two full circles (which is great to know) and the hand-hemmed skirt hem circumference is 13.9 meters.

The Isabelle gown at the Dior display

The Isabelle gown at the Dior display

The display didn’t indicate what kind of undergarments were worn under the gown – a petticoat I’m assuming, to get the fullness in such a light fabric.

The Isabelle gown display screen

The Isabelle gown display screen

However, the display did identify that this gown, like most of the dresses on display had an internal bodice, which they called a corset. However, this isn’t a lace-up corset, but rather a fitted garment that closes with hooks and eyes.

The back of the  Isabelle gown at the Dior display

The back of the Isabelle gown at the Dior display

I also have to wonder about the body of the sash bow at the back – I’m wondering if there’s an interlining to give it more support, or if it remained flat and floppy from the get go.

The Isabelle gown at the Dior display

The Isabelle gown at the Dior display

If you want to see more photos from this exhibition, click the Dior tag to see the other posts I’ve made previously. (Or if you’re coming to this later… ones I have posted in total!)

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