Christian Dior Boutique
Black lambskin leather, black silk
Museum purchase, 2001.45.1
Black leather is symbolic of power and potent sexualityand John Galliano’s use of leather in this evening gown is sexy as well as subversive. When combined with the corset-lacing of the bodice, the design sheaths the body tightly, taking a modern approach to Christian Dior’s heavily structured gowns of the 1950s.