Clare Hallworth
Catherine Kast
February 28, 2017 03:23 PM

If you were feeling some major 1950s vibes from Kirsten Dunst’s Dior Haute Couture Oscars dress, you were spot on.

According to the star’s stylists, Nina and Clare Hallworth, the custom black silk faille gown was inspired by the “Sonnet” dress from Christian Dior’s Autumn/Winter Haute Couture collection from 1952.

“It’s a Christian Dior Haute Couture original created by a master who understood fit and construction,” Nina tells PeopleStyle. “Everything is special, from the weight of the fabric to the asymmetry of the hemline, the scalloped back and pockets that make you stand with perfect posture.”  

Adds Clare, “Dior re-imagined Christian’s dress at our request for Ms. Dunst. We were attracted to the fact that it had such a sense of romance and nostalgia but because of its exacting construction, it felt incredibly modern.” When it came to accessorizing the special piece, Dunst opted for a pair of her own Christian LaCroix Haute Couture heels, which she’s worn at least half a dozen times over the past ten years. Her stylists did of course provide other options [see below], but her stunning standby shoe won out. “Kirsten often wears these shoes as they are Couture, they are hers and they are magnificent,” Nina says. “We had a few other Couture options from Roger Vivier but these favorites were the perfect choice.”

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Clare Hallworth

 The stylists also included a nod to one of Dunst’s recent iconic looks: Her white Dior Haute Couture from the premiere of Loving in Cannes in 2016.

 “We sewed into the hemline a sprig of Lily of the Valley from Kirsten’s dress from Cannes last year as a talisman for luck and a nod to Mr. Dior as he also did the same,” says Nina. 

Clare Hallworth

Dunst’s diamond necklace and earrings are by Japanese designer Niwaka from their Karahana collection, and the stylists decided to have Dunst wear the necklace with the twist detail slightly to the side.

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This look embodies Dunst’s style sensibility, which has been described by the Hallworths as “eclectic” yet “youthful, chic and classic.” No wonder she landed on our 2017 Oscars Best Dressed list!

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