"May", House of Dior (French, founded 1947), silk, French


Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Christian Dior (French, Granville 1905–1957 Montecatini)
spring/summer 1953
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. David Kluger, 1960
Accession Number:
C.I.60.21.1a, b
Not on view
Dior reveled in the paradox of the natural and the sophisticated. The most telling example is his frequent self-presentation, not as a man who symbolized the authority of French taste, but rather as a simple gardener, farmer, and mill owner.

In "May," flowering grasses and wild clover are rendered in silk floss on organza. This "simple" patterning of meadow-gone-to-weed is composed of the tiniest French knots and the meticulously measured stitches of the hand embroiderer, suggesting that for Dior, it was not only that beauty resides in the most rustic, but also that the most successful artifice is a beguiling naivété.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Christian Dior," December 12, 1996–March 23, 1997.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Haute Couture," December 7, 1995–March 24, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bloom: Fashion's Spring Gardens," March 30, 1995–August 20, 1995.

Musée Christian Dior. "Christian Dior: Man of the Century," May 15, 2005–August 21, 2005.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "manus x machina: fashion in an age of technology," May 5, 2016–September 4, 2016.