25th July

Travel Journal

From the journey on board the Dior Express to the opening of the exhibition Dior: The Art of Color, we take a look back at some of the highlights of the trip to Arles enjoyed by Bella Hadid, Winnie Harlow, and a host of other House friends.  

On a Wednesday morning, Bella Hadid, Winnie Harlow, Jeanne Damas, Sonya Esman and a number of other boldface names found themselves on board the Dior Express, a train carriage specially kitted out for the occasion in the House’s signature colors. The destination: the south of France, or more precisely Arles, the scene each year of one of the most important events in the world of photography. Upon arrival, the House’s guests gathered in the Grande Halle, one of the city’s most emblematic buildings, with its ironwork façade, to attend a preview performance by the L.A. Dance Project, the collective founded by the celebrated dancer Benjamin Millepied. The afternoon continued with another cultural event, a visit to the exhibition Annie Leibovitz Archive Project #1: The Early Years 1970-1983 / Archives Project #1, organized by the LUMA Foundation’s photo archives programme, of which Dior is a sponsor. And a few kilometers away, surrounded by nature, was where the day ended, to the sound of guitars at a dinner at La Chassagnette, a Michelin-starred restaurant that sources its organic ingredients from its own garden. The French blogger Adenorah, J’adior slingbacks on her feet, visited the crop patch, while a laughing Winnie Harlow posed in front of the stone fountain.

The following day, after a morning spent strolling around the exhibitions or discovering the charming old town, the guests joined Annie Leibovitz at a lunch organized by the LUMA Foundation and Dior in a Camargue villa surrounded by greenery. The trip to Arles came to an end with the opening event for the exhibition Dior: The Art of Color. After a photocall session, Peter Philips, Bella Hadid, Winnie Harlow, Louise Follain, and all the other House friends discovered the expressionist-accented films of Serge Lutens, the sensual aesthetic of Tyen’s photographs, and the visual homages to color orchestrated by Richard Burbridge and Peter Philips.


24th July

Annie Leibovitz in Arles

We take a look at the exhibition Annie Leibovitz Archive Project #1: The Early Years, 1970-1983, running in Arles until September 24th. This retrospective, produced by the LUMA Foundation archive programme, of which Dior is a sponsor, focuses the spotlight on the start of the American photographer’s stellar career. 

When her name comes up, one immediately thinks of those portraits in which she has managed to totally capture the personality and intimate nature of her famous sitters – Michael Jackson caught in untrammeled dance; Demi Moore pregnant and nude, a cover that caused a global sensation; Queen Elizabeth II with her family at Windsor Castle… One also recalls images that have become iconic, featuring the Lady Dior bag in New York in 2009. With the exhibition Annie Leibovitz Archive Project #1: The Early Years, 1970-1983, the LUMA Foundation, sponsored by Dior, introduces visitors to a less well-known era of the photographer’s output. In the Grande Halle in Arles, Annie Leibovitz has selected and displayed over five hundred images from the beginning of her career, tracing her artistic evolution from when she started working for the magazine Rolling Stone in 1970. Photos taken on the wing offer snapshots of everyday life. There’s the famous image of John Lennon wrapped around Yoko Ono, taken only hours before he was assassinated; there are portraits of Bob Dylan, his face concealed behind his hands or dark glasses; photo reportage from a 1975 Rolling Stones tour, the Beach Boys billing California-style, Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet at home, and the list goes on. 

24th July

The Exhibition Dior: The Art of Color in Arles

As part of the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival taking place annually in the southern French city, until 24 September the Galerie du Cloître plays host to the exhibition Dior: The Art of Color presented by the House. It’s an invitation to discover the connection between Dior and color, through images that feature the  thrilling work of Serge Lutens, Tyen and Peter Philips.

A nude look is punctuated by pure green on the lips and eyelids, like a manifesto, the work of Peter Philips ; a stylized makeup look recalling the paintings of Amadeo Modigliani was created by Serge Lutens; a face is lit up by blue shaded wires by Tyen, and that’s just for starters. Among the stone walls of the Galerie du Cloître, Dior makeup makes a color-drenched statement, through some of the most arresting looks and photo series by the designers who have headed up makeup at the House. This color identity is further captured in the book Dior: The Art of Color published by Rizzoli.

24th July

Dior at the Rencontres d’Arles

Since 1970, it has been one of the world’s most important annual events for photography. Rencontres d’Arles takes place this year from July 3rd to September 24th, with forty or so exhibitions in various emblematic locations around the southern French city. The House has taken over the Galerie du Cloître for its own exhibition Dior: The Art of Color, but is also supporting the photo archives of the LUMA Foundation, which is currently featuring the work of photographer Annie Leibovitz. Stay connected to discover our events in the company of Bella Hadid, Winnie Harlow and a host of others invited to visit Arles by the House on July 5th and 6th

22nd July

The Savoir-faire of Miranda Kerr’s

Flower Girl’s Dress 

Step inside the Baby Dior ateliers where the dress for Miranda Kerr’s flower girl was made – a light, vaporous creation inspired by the bride’s own dress and designed by Creative Director Cordelia de Castellane.

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