The two sketches by Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior came into the Muzealne Mody collection over two years ago. They were acquired at an auction at the South of France. They were sold together, in one bid. It looked like they belong to one collection; the condition of the paper, the style of workmanship suggested that they indeed were from the same period of time. Their previous history is unknown.
Gianfranco Ferré’s sketches are created on a cardboard (H: 45 cm, W: 31 cm). The lower right corner bears the inscription: “Christian Dior Collection Haute Couture”. There is also a designer’s signature number on both sketches. However, they are undated.
The research carried out as the head of the Muzealne Mody collection confirmed that they actually were created the same year, but they belong to two different collections. The yellow-gold dress from the first sketch represents the dress from the spring-summer 1990 collection (presented in January that year), while the pink coat from the second one belongs to the July’s couture show for the fall-winter season.
Finally, it turned out that both Dior’s couture shows are represented in the EFHA database. The initial sketches and the final result on the runway are now both present at the EFHA database.