Vintage Christian Dior Le Connaisseur Tux Dinner Jacket 1980s 90s Size L 42R
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This is a vintage Christian Dior “Le Connaisseur” men’s tux dinner jacket made in a dark grey colour with black trim - the fabric is woven is a silver grey and black mix, which gives the appearance of dark or charcoal grey. The “Le Connaisseur” line was introduced in 1985 and was touted by the chairman of Dior as “the top of the Dior line or the luxury of luxuries”. I believe that the line was discontinued during the early 90s, but I’m not sure. This jacket does have an ACTWU union label affixed to it, which dates it prior to 1995 as ACTWU merged with another union in 1995 to become “UNITE”. The jacket has long shawl lapels in black semi-satin and a single covered black button closure. It has a black trimmed jetted pocket at either side and a breast pocket. It is fully lined in grey viscose or acetate that is woven throughout with the “CD” logo.
Age: sometime between 1985 and 1995, but most likely dating to the earlier part of that date range
Label: Christian Dior Le Connaisseur Paris New York. The size/care label states “Made in U.S.A.”.
Fabric: No fabric label visible, but being Dior Le Connaisseur, I’m sure that it must be wool and silk.
Sizing: The size label reads 42 R, but please rely on the following measurements for fit, taken from the exterior (please take the thickness of the fabric and the cut of the garment into consideration):
Shoulders: 19” across shoulder/sleeve seam to shoulder/sleeve seam
Sleeves: 25 1/2” from shoulder/sleeve seam
Sleeve Inseam: 16 1/2” long
Chest: 46” around, taken under the arms
Overall length: 31 3/4“, measured flat
Condition: This jacket is in excellent condition - the side pockets are still stitched closed, so this probably was only worn once or twice. No wear, tear, staining or odour.
This is a great looking dinner jacket made in the U.S.A. at a time before everything was produced in China - super quality as you would expect from this label!