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24 May
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Snapshots

Discover the architectural details of the Domaine de Chantilly, which offer a tempting clue to what might await in the cruise 2019 ready-to-wear collection which takes place tomorrow.  

24 May
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The Day Before 

On the eve of the cruise 2019 show, the House reveals images of the Domaine de Chantilly, the show location, and of the collection in its Paris ateliers.  

24 May
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Birth of a Cruise Collection   

With one day to go until the 2019 cruise show, we take a look back at the history of these collections designed for vacations and long sunny crossings.

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Richard RutledgeCondé Nast via Getty Images.

In 1948, just one year after his first haute couture show, Christian Dior launched his House in the United States, offering a new collection named Resort and Spring. Aimed at American women setting off to tropical islands in winter, their designs evoked sunny destinations – the Bahamas, Honolulu, Palm Springs – and formed a wardrobe that was easy to wear and to transport.

 

Suitable for all situations, these wardrobes focused on vaporous materials that were visually pleasant and in summery colors. "If you travel a lot, you need special outfits that are light, space-saving, and don’t wrinkle too much," he wrote in his Little Dictionary of Fashion in 1952.


It is by staying true to the spirit of these creations that the House has established the tradition of cruise collections, beginning in 1990 under the impetus of Gianfranco Ferré, Artistic Director of Dior from 1989 to 1996. John Galliano pursued this idea in 2006 at an event show held in New York. Now an annual undertaking, these shows continue to celebrate the legacy of Christian Dior. Just like the one that will take place tomorrow in the Grandes Écuries of the Domaine de Chantilly, an exceptional monument and symbol of the French art de vivre to which the couturier was so attached.

24 May
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Dior at the Domaine de Chantilly 

As the setting for its cruise 2019 show, Dior chose the Domaine de Chantilly and its Grandes Écuries, symbols of prestige and French art de vivre.  

Croquis de l’ensemble de cocktail Chantilly, collection printemps-été 1961, Slim Look. Ensemble de cocktail, robe et veste. © Christian Dior.

Robe du soir Chantilly, collection automne-hiver 1957, ligne Fuseau. Photo Willy Maywald. © Association Willy Maywald/ADAGP, Paris 2018.

Croquis de la robe Chantilly, collection printemps-été 1965. Robe en soie imprimée marron et blanc. © Christian Dior.

This May 25, the House will take its 2019 cruise collection to an exceptional new location: the Grandes Écuries of Chantilly. A masterpiece of the eighteenth century, this equestrian palace was designed by the architect Jean Aubert for Louis-Henri de Bourbon, seventh Prince de Condé. A place of royal festivity, this architectural jewel reflects better than any other this French art-de-vivre so beloved of Christian Dior. The founding couturier and his successors, from Yves Saint Laurent to Marc Bohan, have continued to build elective links with this historic monument. In the autumn of 1947, on the occasion of Christian Dior’s second show, one of the evening dresses was baptized Chantilly; and in his final collection, for autumn-winter 1957, another of his designs evoked its name and prestige.

 

More than a simple invitation to escape, each of the cruise shows is a celebration of the Dior heritage. In May 2015, the Palais Bulle, a striking sculpture-as-house, was the setting for a cruise collection weaving links between past, present and future. The following year, in the English countryside, not far from Oxford, greeted by the sound of a brass band, guests discovered the sublime residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace. It was no stranger to the House, as the H and Courbe lines had already been shown there to great acclaim in 1954 and 1958, respectively. Last year in Calabasas, California, Maria Grazia Chiuri revealed her untamed silhouettes in spectacular unspoiled nature. The collection echoed the Ovale line designed by Christian Dior, reinterpreting a print of the Lascaux cave paintings that had fascinated the couturier. Year after year, all these exceptional locations take the creations on a voyage through time and the history of the House.

23 May
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Dior Celebrates Mother's Day

In honor of this special day, the House unveils its new Rose des Vents as well as one of its timeless watch creations, La D de Dior Satine.

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    Nicole Maria Winkler

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    Nicole Maria Winkler

Created by Victoire de Castellane as collectible lucky charms, the Rose des Vents jewelry is enriched with a new yellow gold, diamond and white mother-of-pearl bracelet. A grain-of-rice twist, reminiscent of rigging and the call of the sea, delicately decorates the wrist, while Christian Dior's lucky star, reinterpreted in an eight-pointed motif, decorates one of the medallions. It is also found on imaginative ear studs in pink gold or yellow gold.

 

Symbolizing the House’s couture spirit, La D de Dior Satine is adorned with a steel bezel and a bracelet both worked in finesse to create a textured effect evoking the flexibility of a silk ribbon. Its dial, in white or pink mother-of-pearl, and its crown set with diamonds, plunge us in the heart of the Dior jewelry and watchmaking savoir-faire.

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