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16 October
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SADDLE BAG SAVOIR-FAIRE: VIDEO 

16 October
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RED LEATHER SADDLE BAG SAVOIR-FAIRE

Designed in 1999 by Dior as a tribute to the equestrian world, the Saddle bag was revisited by Maria Grazia Chiuri for the 2018-2019 ready-to-wear collection. Discover the savoir-faire of the red leather style.

Its distinctive equestrian-inspired curves were reconceived in two formats by the House’s design studio. “I wanted it larger and more robust, but also very colorful, embroidered or with beaded fringe because, like a chameleon, it adapts to all situations,” the Creative Director of the women’s collections explains. To follow the steps in its making, one must set a course for Tuscany, a few kilometers from Florence, and the Dior leatherworking ateliers where it is the only bag from the House that’s constructed on two separate oak wood forms.

With its slightly glossy finish, red supple calf leather is carefully selected and cut out in eleven elements by Marco, a leather expert with forty-three years’ experience. Then another craftsman places the two parts that comprise the flap on a form and shapes the material with his hands. Next, the front and back panels are placed on a second wooden form where the sides and base of the bag will be mounted and sewn to the two central parts. With the bag assembled, the metal pieces embellishing it are added. The “D” is sewn on the leather tab at the front, and the two “CD” buckles are set in place on the sides just before where the strap will be placed. The two attachments allow it to be customized with the addition of a wide canvas strap designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri in several versions and colors.

15 October
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COLLECTION SAVOIR-FAIRE: VIDEO  

From the initial gouache rendering to the final touches, discover the various steps in the creation of the pieces in the Tête de Mort collection.

15 October
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TÊTE DE MORT COLLECTION

Enigmatic and delicate, the new Tête de Mort collection designed by Victoire de Castellane, the Creative Director of Dior Joaillerie, required the exercising of all the exception savoir-faire the House’s artisans possess.  

Three rings and three necklaces in yellow, rose and white gold compose this Tête de Mort jewelry collection which revisits the phrases “Memento Mori” and “Carpe Diem”. Alluding to the fact that we must take advantage of every moment life offers, these two precepts have been interpreted through stones carefully selected for their pastel and profound hues. Discreetly scattered like clues across these creations, certain details serve to echo these Latin terms. Clover represented with tsavorite garnets, meticulously engraved hearts, or a crown of lily-of-the-valley in white gold and diamonds, evoke the notion of fate and the charms that Christian Dior so prized. All of these motifs were meticulously made by the expert hands of a craftsman in a French jewelry atelier. With the help of his trusty tools, he worked with careful precision to produce a precious story that rewards closer inspection.  

14 October
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FAIRY FINGERS  

An exceptional location and the beating heart of the House since its foundation, the hôtel particulier at 30 Avenue Montaigne – normally off-limits to all but the haute couture clients – opens its doors to visitors as part of the fourth edition of Les Journées Particulières. Practitioners of haute couture and excellence reveal the secrets of their crafts to curious knowledge seekers. It offers a peek inside a world of unconstrained dreams and possibility, the embodiment of grace.

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The Secret World of 30 Avenue Montaigne

12 October
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LES JOURNÉES PARTICULIÈRES: BEHIND THE SCENES AT 30 AVENUE MONTAIGNE 

From today until October 14, the fourth edition of Les Journées Particulières takes visitors inside exceptional locations throughout the LVMH group. Come on a guided tour of 30 Avenue Montaigne, the iconic address that is the beating heart of the house of Dior.

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It had to be here,” Christian Dior wrote in his memoirs of 30 Avenue Montaigne, the hôtel particulier that would prove the location of his future couture house. Trianon gray walls, Louis XVI bows and medallions, Napoléon III chairs with cannage, all would become signatures. The refined elegance of this decor continues to inspire the Creative Directors of the House who, within its ateliers and design studios, are endlessly reinventing the founding couturier’s legacy. Pushing open the door of 30 Avenue Montaigne and climbing the steps once ascended by Marlene Dietrich and Josephine Baker is one of the unique experiences offered by Les Journées Particulières. A rare privilege, one usually only reserved for haute couture clients.

In this magical setting which, in 1947, bore witness to a revolution with a style that would become world-famous – the manifesto collection that was the New Look – and a custom scenography by Nathalie Crinière, the haute couture dresses and creations by the Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri are unveiled down the legendary staircase.

And revealed for eager visitors by the artisans themselves, the grands salons hold precious secrets of manufacturing. From the featherworkers to the leather craftspeople, from the Atelier Tailleur where the petites mains are focused on assembling a Bar jacket – that icon of Dior icons –  to the Atelier Flou, all share their knowledge.

 

For this 4th edition, and for the first time, Dior, the only haute couture house with its own hat-making atelier, presents this art inherited from Monsieur Dior who started out as a milliner. As the common thread running through the visit, savoir-faire is as evident in the fairylike dresses created for Baby Dior as in the infinite meticulousness of the high jewellery.

The quintessence of this gesture is to be found in miniatures conceived according to the principles of haute couture, exquisite reproductions of designs by John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

 

One floor down, the magic continues with fragrances. From the 3D model of La Colle Noire, Christian Dior’s beloved estate in the south of France, to the precious raw materials of the twenty-two scents in the Maison Christian Dior collection, which represents a veritable distillation of emotions, the eye is captivated by the expert hands that seal the J’adore bottles and, through the delicacy of an embroidered bow, imbue the couture spirit of Miss Dior.

 

This highly special visit behind the scenes and into the secrets of savoir-faire excellence draws to a close with the perfume organ and its exceptional bottles.

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