1953 IN FASHION
Elizabeth II is crowned Queen of England on June 2. Her richly embroidered coronation gown by British couturier Norman Hartnell, who also designed her wedding dress, weighs 30 pounds and takes 3,500 hours to make. Roger Vivier conceives her coronation shoes with jewel-encrusted heels. He is also appointed designer of bespoke shoes for Christian Dior until 1963. Christian Dior launches the "Ligne Tulipe" for Spring 1953, followed by the "Ligne Vivante" which is also known as "Ligne Coupole" for Fall. Pierre Cardin presents his debut collection. Audrey Hepburn asks Hubert de Givenchy to design the costumes for her film "Sabrina" and becomes the designer's lifelong friend and muse.