Design House: House of Dior (French, founded 1947)

Designer: Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)

Retailer: Hattie Carnegie, Inc. (American, 1918–1965)

Date: spring/summer 1953

Culture: French

Medium: silk

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. A. Moore Montgomery, 1957

Accession Number: C.I.57.62.1a–c


For his spring 1953 collection, Dior's interest in gardening was reflected in the color and fabric choices and in the names of both the collection itself ("Tulip") and of individual designs. The refreshing, innocence that had been creeping into the collection in 1952 was fully cultivated in 1953. Severe in many ways in his earlier collections, Dior now opened up in a painterly way with dresses and coats with jeune fille innocence.