Dior’s Gardens

Another bit of history from Dior. He called this stunningly beautiful (I want one) coat, Tuileries.

As French as the formal Tuileries gardens. A very strong silhouette.

The Met people in their Dioresque book reckon it recalls Stendhal and Dumas. The combination of red and black and the Three Musketeers shape. I like their thinking.

The title of Stendahl’s novel Red and Black represents the contrasting uniforms of the Army and the Church and I think this coat has a bit of an ecclesiastical feel about it. Makes me want to re read the novel.

| Christian Dior, Tuileries day coat, 1953, black and red wool |

Julia Ritson

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