FASHION: The Word Is Chemise

Swarming into Paris last week for the spring collections, fashion writers and buyers had a single sentimental question: How would the house of Dior do without Dior? It hardly seemed possible that shy, spectacled Yves Saint-Laurent, only 21, would have the master's touch. But after weeks of work and a $200,000 outlay, Saint-Laurent was more than ready.

In the crystal-chandeliered salon, the press was dead silent as the first model swirled in, wearing a sprig of Dior's favorite flower, lily of the valley, on her suit. But as the third model sashayed out, sudden applause for the new Dior line...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!