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05 July
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Structure

Dior couture Autumn-Winter 2015-2016 show
03 July
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Details

In the ateliers at 30 Avenue Montaigne, the haute couture autumn-winter 2015-16 creations by Raf Simons for Christian Dior are receiving their final touches before Monday's show.

03 July
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Do-ho Suh on the Dior Spirit

Invited by the House to deliver his own interpretation of the Dior spirit for the Esprit Dior exhibition running this summer at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, the artist Do-ho Suh used fabric to reproduce the façade of 30 Avenue Montaigne down to the smallest detail. Discover his exclusive interview. 

02 July
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Addictive Ritual

Floral and sparkling, the Dior Addict bath and body line expands upon the story of the iconic fragrance, with a Moisturizing Body Milk, Perfumed Deodorant, and Satin Body mist.

01 July
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Summertime Freshness

A summery composition, the fragrance Dior Addict Eau Fraiche is a celebration of floral and addictive notes.

A sparkling and sensual fragrance, it’s an ode to summer and the sun. "Dazzling and shimmering, a fresh and delicious perfume,” enthuses François Demachy, the House’s exclusive perfumer-creator, referring to Dior Addict Eau Fraiche. Floral notes combine around an unmistakable freesia, like a burst of freshness with subtle and evocative accords, as captivating white musks swell from the center of a bouquet composed of elegant, almost addictive scents.

01 July
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Dior Addict Eau Fraîche

The Dior woman delves into a dreamlike and colorful world, leaving in her wake a perfume as fresh as it is heady. Watch our video to discover her Dior Addict Eau Fraiche adventure.

30 June
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Exclusive Interview

On Saturday, Kris Van Assche presented his Dior Homme summer 2016 collection. The creative director opens up about his inspirations in an exclusive video.

29 June
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Fast-forward

28 June
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The Men’s Report

Yesterday afternoon, Kris Van Assche presented his Dior Homme summer 2016 collection at the Tennis Club de Paris. 

This season, the Tennis Club de Paris was transformed to channel a classical French garden. Boyd Holbrook, Pierre Niney Caroline de Maigret, Dave Franco, Marisa Berenson and many others discovered a Versailles parquet floor set with traditional flowerbeds in which more than two thousand Fée des Neiges rose bushes bloomed. And amidst all this white-flowering vegetation was where the Dior man laid out his new attitude. "The French spirit of both the House and Monsieur Dior and all that symbolizes is present. At the same time, the collection is an exploration of sportswear, from its origins to its current incarnations,” explains Kris Van Assche, Creative Director of Dior Homme.

Color, that all-important element to Christian Dior, provided one of this summer 2016 collection’s starting points. Reworked and contrasted, it appears in primary and botanical shades that echo the work of the American ceramicist Kristin McKirdy. The artist had also devised curving and strongly hued ceramic sculptures for the models to wear as lucky charms, around the neck or in the hand. Like kinetic works, these talismans catch the eye with hypnotic effect.

The color becomes a language of its own, like letters from a colorful alphabet used to reexamine and reappropriate menswear. On the one side, there’s the impeccable cut of midnight blue or gray suits worn over a timeless sky blue shirt, the classicism of a coat, the refinement of a belt with a stylized CD buckle.

And on the other, there’s casual sportswear. The look loosened up as the show collection unfolded. Camouflage, as a military motif given a street feel, appeared on jeans and a shirt but also inside a suit jacket, a parka, or as a subtle touch when on a malt leather travel bag. This style belongs to a young urban man who reshuffles the menswear codes in order to modernize them, as strong pieces are mixed together to create a new silhouette: a traditionally-cut coat reappears in yellow ostrich skin, the classics are revisited in crocodile as a long navy blue double-breasted jacket, or a blue blazer opening to reveal an orange interior referencing a bomber blouson.

"I like to question the codes of the menswear vocabulary," says Kris Van Assche. "In this collection, they are all somehow connected to a tradition of their own. Their juxtaposition and layering creates a tension that’s the essence of contemporary elegance. "

28 June
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Accessories

Discover the accessories from the Dior Homme summer 2016 collection by Kris Van Assche.

28 June
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In The Wings

Take a look at what happens backstage at the Dior Homme summer 2016 fashion show.

27 June
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Dior Homme summer 2016

Discover all the looks from the Dior Homme summer 2016 collection, shown this afternoon at the Tennis Club de Paris.

27 June
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Amongst The Flowers

27 June
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The Group Shot

DIOR HOMME SUMMER 2016
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27 June
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Rendezvous

In a few short hours, at the Tennis Club de Paris, Kris Van Assche will be unveiling the looks from the Dior Homme summer 2016 collection. Stay connected. 

Dior Homme Summer 2016 Show
26 June
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One Day To Go

With Kris Van Assche showing his Dior Homme summer 2016 collection tomorrow, it's time for the final fittings.

Dior Homme Summer 2016 Show
25 June
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Dior: The New Look Revolution

Running from tomorrow until November 1st, the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, located in the couturier’s childhood home, welcomes the exhibition Dior: The New Look Revolution. Take our guided tour.

Dior Exhibition Granville

A pink pebbledashed house rising from a cliff top is silhouetted against the vast Normandy sky. Today in this villa, which proved such a lifelong source of inspiration for Christian Dior, the exhibition Dior: The New Look Revolution looks back on the story of the couturier’s first collection, shown on 12 February 1947, and in particular its most emblematic outfit: the Bar suit.   

Over the course of the visit, peppered with explanations from Florence Müller, fashion historian and the exhibition’s curator, one can explore the destiny of this ensemble which became a manifesto of the triumphant resurgence of femininity and the symbol of the revolution brought about by Christian Dior. From photographs to archival documents, the complexity of its architecture is revealed. In addition to this is the opportunity to revisit a selection of contemporary creations: a bracelet by Victoire de Castellane, a trouser suit and a spectacularly outsize pleated skirt by Raf Simons. All these visions of this eternal example of the House’s femininity, along with many others, can be found in the accompanying book, Dior: The New Look Revolution, written by Laurence Benaïm and published by Rizzoli.

24 June
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Autumnal Dior VIII Montaigne

With its seasonal bracelet and timeless elegance, the Dior VIII Montaigne looks for its inspiration to the ready-to-wear collections by Raf Simons for Dior, as its autumn-winter edition subtly pairs leather and the color plum.

Dior VIII Montaigne Watch

The House’s timepieces become, by turns, like a piece of haute couture, lending a touch of refinement to an evening dress, or expressing elegance in everyday life, drawing their inspiration from the Dior ready-to-wear collections. The bracelets are transformed on a seasonal basis. After a spring-summer variation in white leather trimmed with peach, the Dior VIII Montaigne is colored plum for its autumn-winter incarnation, as a direct homage to the last ready-to collection by Raf Simons, in which warm browns and deep purple emphasize a powerful femininity. A miniature architecture, its tinted dial is encircled with diamonds and pink gold accents, while its matching calfskin bracelet evokes the Bar suit, that iconic item from the house of Dior.

22 June
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First Impressions

Aymeline Valade, Jung Woo Sung, Caroline Issa, Christian de Portzamparc, Park Hye Jin, Pierre Hermé, Lee Honey, Sofie Valkiers, Mélanie Laurent, Song Jae Rim and all of Seoul’s most high-profile personalities turned out at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza for the vernissage of the Esprit Dior exhibition. Check out our video to see what they thought.

20 June
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A Meeting With Pierre Hermé

Invited to create morsels of gourmet deliciousness for visitors to the new House of Dior boutique in Seoul, pastry chef extraordinaire Pierre Hermé has developed an exclusive offering for the House. The menu at the Dior Café by Pierre Hermé? Flavors from far-off lands and culinary discoveries, whose creative process he discusses in our exclusive interview.

20 June
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Conversing With Christian de Portzamparc

To mark the opening of the striking building he has designed for the House of Dior boutique in Seoul, the architect Christian de Portzamparc, in an exclusive interview, discusses the project’s genesis, the sources of inspiration behind it and its construction.

20 June
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Curves and Counter-curves

20 June
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The House of Dior

Dior’s newest address is to be found in Seoul. Its curvaceous architecture designed by Christian de Portzamparc conceals a wealth of surprises. In a decor made of wood, lacquers, leathers, amazing weaves and innovative melanges to excite the senses, Peter Marino has chosen to welcome visitors with a suspended sculpture by Korean artist Lee Bul. The staircase is conceived as an unfurling ribbon that guides shoppers to the women’s ready-to-wear collections, leather goods, shoes, jewelry, watches and perfumes. But also to the Dior Homme space, and to an art gallery with a private salon where paintings by Marc Polidori, among others, are on show. The top floor is home to the Café Dior by Pierre Hermé. The animation Movie Toile by Oyoram is placed around the staircase. These video works, conceived as portholes, reveal fabrics in movement, timepieces and Paris cityscapes. This new, full-sized location perfectly evokes the history of the House in the most contemporary of visions.

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20 June
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The Secrets of Construction

All curves, fluidity and volumes, the new House of Dior boutique in Seoul designed by Christian de Portzamparc required a wealth of expertise and techniques for its construction. We examine a four-year story that takes us from France to South Korea.

Dior Boutique in Seoul

The year is 2011. In his Paris studio, Christian de Portzamparc is undertaking his first research on the future form of the building. From sketches to modeling, the building’s draping gradually transforms to eventually end up with its final shape: eleven sails, frozen in soft and fluid movement. Transforming this sketch into an actual building will prove a real challenge. In the workshop, it’s time to experiment. For the scrollwork of the facade, a compound of resin, plaster and canvas is used, like the hull of a boat, reproducing a weaving pattern. Each sail requires the creation of a special and unique  – and huge – mold.

The story of the boutique then continues in Seoul, where all the building components are manufactured and assembled in a close collaboration between the Korean teams working on site, those of Dior and those of the architect. When all the parts have been made, they need to be transported to the workshops where they are made up specifically for the future store. The resin shells that figure the draping measure up to twenty meters high, and necessitate unprecedented logistical efforts. Each, carefully loaded onto and fixed to a gigantic trailer, is transported in a special convoy and escorted by police cars. The highways and Seoul streets on which this titanic procession passes are even blocked for the occasion. And the operation is repeated for each of the facade’s eleven components. Upon arrival at the site, two cranes are required to lift them, raise them vertically and adjust them. It’s work that’s as colossal as it is careful and meticulous: the space between them must be precise and positioned to the letter, to give them the opportunity to move slightly. But also to reveal the subtle gap appearing in the seams of the building, which is ready to welcome its first visitors.

20 June
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Haute Couture Architecture

Today, in Seoul’s Chungdam Dong district, the new House of Dior boutique is opening its doors. We turn the spotlight on this striking building, designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc, and inspired by the House’s haute couture.

The House of Dior in Seoul
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As architecture goes it’s unique of its genre, looking akin for all the world to a monumental dress. Its immaculate facade, all curves and counter-curves, resembles immense lengths of fabric, finely stitched together, erupting from a metal cane framework, like a Dior gift begging to be opened. The material used to make this unique form goes as far as replicating a woven aspect. It’s a veritable work of haute couture, with all that same exigency, and drawing its inspiration from the works of the House’s petites mains.   

In conceiving this store, which opens its doors today in the center of Seoul, Christian de Portzamparc immersed himself in the world of Dior’s Parisian couture ateliers at 30 Avenue Montaigne. There, the busy petites mains manipulate the fabrics, solving technical quandaries, sewing and working on the toile that will give dresses and suits their signature volumes. "I thought about the movement of the fabrics, the weaving effects, and I created a facade that would explore these elements," the architect explains. "This white softness is like the couturier’s toile when he’s at work. It has a sense of movement that plays with light. This sculptural suppleness was my starting point." The House archives also inspired the building’s final form: the movement of those immense architectural sails is strongly reminiscent of the dresses Cyclone and Cocotte, designed by Christian Dior in 1948. With the House of Dior building , his two great passions, for haute couture and architecture, come together in a unique creation.

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