Costa Rica silk taffeta dress

The Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 1957 collection included dresses named for South American locations such as Caracas and Sao Paulo. This dress, Costa Rica, is a line-for-line reproduction of the original shown in Paris using exactly the same pattern, fabric and construction but made here in New Zealand by El Jay.

Read more about Gus Fisher and the El Jay label in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Looking Terrific: The story of El Jay.

Details

Credit: Dr B Joan Mackay, Paraparaumu
Designer: Christian Dior
Maker: El Jay
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Afternoon dress
Material: Silk taffeta
Features: The full skirt is cut from only two pieces of fabric that are darted and pleated into the waist.
Colour: Black
Label: Christian Dior by El Jay
Date: 1957