Christian Dior (French, 1905–1957); Christian Dior Haute Couture (French, founded 1947)
Gift of Mrs. A. Moore Montgomery, 1957 (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.