FASHIONS: The New Old Look

In Paris, U.S. buyers last week crowded into Dressmaker Christian Dior's salon for the spring showing. They hoped once again to be agreeably shocked by the man whose long hemlines last year helped create the New Look (TIME, Sept. 15). As the first models went by, the buyers gasped. Dior had veered away from the New Look.

Most of his daytime dresses stopped at the calf, about where they had been two years ago. One black silk number called the Quartier Latin barely covered the model's knees. Dior, who boasts he does the...

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