Christian Dior had a gallery in Paris during the giddy interwar period of the "Années folles", when "modern art still felt like sacrilege". He built up a lifelong circle of friends during that time.
"Here, the gallery owner binds together a network of long-lasting friendships. From 1928 to 1934, in his gallery at 34, rue de la Boétie and after at 29, rue Cambacérès, his collaborators included Darius Milhaud, Georges Auric, Francis Poulenc, Jean Cocteau, all the greatest names in the history of 20th century art.
The Miss Dior exhibition depicts how his artist friends influenced his work. “For Dior, a great artist” was how Marc Chagall signed the visitors’ book one day at the Château de la Colle Noire, the residence that was so dear to Christian Dior. It was in this hotbed of inspiration that he designed his first fragrance in particular, Miss Dior. He who had always dreamed of becoming an architect, yet instead became a great couturier, harboured the heart and soul of a genius artist. He had an ability to perceive all things and all beings like rose gardens, the essence of Beauty."