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16 November
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2016 Guggenheim International Gala

16 November
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Dior and Art

Remaining faithful to the founder's love for art, a man who worked as a gallerist specializing in contemporary art in his youth, the house of Dior has underwritten the Guggenheim International Gala for the fourth consecutive year. We take a look back at the bonds uniting Dior and the fine arts.

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Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris 2015.

In 1928, twenty years before becoming a couturier, Christian Dior, with his friend Jacques Bonjean, opened an art gallery on Rue La Boétie, in Paris' 8th arrondissement. It was they who, in 1931, for the first time in France, exhibited the painting The Persistance of Memory, by their friend Salvador Dalí, now on permanent show at the MoMA in New York. Two years later they organized a surrealist exhibition with a catalogue prefaced by André Breton. Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Alberto Giacometti, Max Ernst and Juan Miró featured heavily. When Christian Dior swapped the art world for the world of haute couture, he still remained very close to his circle of poets, painters and musicians. Bernard Buffet, Marc Chagall and Paul Strecker painted his portrait, while his creations inspired the composer Henri Sauguet to write a waltz named Miss Dior

From 1947, contemporary art played a key role in Christian Dior's creative process while designing his collections, with him naming two of the dresses that appeared in his first show Matisse and Braque.

Later, his successors would go on to continue to be inspired by the world of art, a connection that the House continues to maintain up to this very day.

15 November
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The Darklight Motif

Overprinted with checks, embroidered with scars, daubed with white paint, or covered with works by Japanese artist Toru Kamei, the historical House monogram gets a rebellious revisiting each season by Kris Van Assche for Dior Homme. On the coated canvas of backpacks and travel bags, this code drawn from the Dior heritage is juxtaposed with rougher elements to reflect the duality that runs as a common thread through the Dior Homme collections.

10 November
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Marion Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture

Last night, in Los Angeles, actress and House muse Marion Cotillard wore a navy blue silk Dior haute couture dress to attend the premiere of her new film Allied. ​

10 November
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Dior Homme by Larry Clark

Cult director and photographer Larry Clark makes the collection of Dior Homme sneakers designed by Kris Van Assche for spring 2017 the stars of an exclusive new film.

Having already lent his face to the winter 2017 ad campaign photographed by Willy Vanderperre, today Larry Clark writes a new page in his history with Dior Homme by this time heading behind the camera. In A Larry Clark Project – Paris Session, the artist places the spring 2017 collection in a favored milieu, one that notably appears in his 2014 film The Smell of Us: that of skate culture. Skateboarders and Dior Homme models embody rebellious Parisian youth seen around some of the capital’s most emblematic locations, such as the Musée d’Art Moderne and the quays along the Seine. Contrasting worlds collide, the mix of urban atmosphere and tradition a distillation of the collection’s spirit.  

10 November
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Dior Homme Sneakers

For spring 2017, Kris Van Assche designed seven new sneakers for Dior Homme, their strong identities encapsulating the collection’s rebellious spirit.  

Drips of color that enliven the Prince of Wales check, white spots that jolt the House monogram, flocked velvet motifs superimposed with sequins, mirrored leather in a spray-painted dégradé, another covered in cracked paint, or monochrome matte sequins… The sneakers designed by Kris Van Assche mix traditional elegance with contemporary inspirations, distinguishing themselves with colorful and graphic effects through which the Dior savoir-faire is expressed. “I like to shake things up and create contrasts. The idea here lay in reworking a classic form with radical techniques,” the Dior Homme Creative Director explains. Low or high-top, with or without laces, these new sneakers look just as good as part of a casual outfit as they do with a suit or even a tuxedo. 

08 November
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New Barcelona Boutique

Discover the house of Dior’s feminine face in Spain, in a boutique designed by star architect Peter Marino.

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    Kristen Pelou

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    Kristen Pelou

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    Kristen Pelou

Dedicated to the women’s collections, the Dior boutique at 74, Passeig de Gracias in Barcelona is graced with a sumptuous facade. The ground floor, composed of two principal spaces, is given over entirely to leather goods. The first floor has an area devoted to ready-to-wear, featuring a fireplace by the designers Juan and Paloma Garrido, along with evening wear and the shoe collections. The walls clad in the House’s traditional shades of gray are set off by immense flowers on the animated murals by the artist Oyoram. In addition, the Catalan boutique also boasts a VIP salon, furnished with Lathe tables created by Sebastian Brajkovic.

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