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20 November
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COLORAMA

Celebrating the art of color for which Dior is renowned, the House’s creations come in a spectrum of hues beloved by the founding couturier,  such as pink, red, gray and blue. Take a look behind the scenes of the virtuoso tonal tribute that punctuates the exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado.

19 November
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Immersion 

Discover Dior: From Paris to the World in video, the exhibition that turns an unprecedented spotlight on the House’s heritage and its global impact and influences, running until March 3rd at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado.

19 November
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DIOR - CONQUERING THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD

Running until March 3, 2019, the exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) in Colorado, celebrates more than 70 years of haute couture creations by evoking the global outlook and visionary spirit of Christian Dior and his successors

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As a Parisian couturier, I needed to be aware of not only the needs of French women, but also those of elegant women around the world,” Christian Dior wrote in his memoirs. 

 

On September 1st, 1947, a few months after the triumph of the New Look – so named by Carmel Snow, the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar – the founding couturier, awaited in  Dallas to receive the prestigious Neiman Marcus Award, set off to meet the elegant women of the New World. “American women are famous for their beauty, and I wished to see them in their own country,” he explained in his memoirs. Already highly receptive to the idea of his revolutionary style, they would prove to be not only a source of inspiration for his work but would number among his most faithful clients. Beginning the following year, they would be able to discover their own version of the refined atmosphere of 30 Avenue Montaigne which was exported to 5th Avenue with the launch of the Christian Dior New York line. And in Hollywood actresses, the couturier also found perfect muses. After Marlene Dietrich, a close personal friend of the couturier’s and a star in Dior from the very beginning, the House’s faithful clients would include Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. This unceasing rapport with the United States continues today through actresses such as Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence.

From his first transatlantic voyage – during which he had explored New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago – would be born emblematic designs with evocative names, such as the glowing red wool Arizona coat, a houndstooth one named Texas, and the Nuit de Chicago sheath dress. Ten years later, in 1957 – the same year in which he made the cover of Time magazine – still driven by an insatiable desire for discovery, he headed once again to the West Coast. In Los Angeles, he had already introduced his first swimwear line in 1956, in partnership with Cole of California. This odyssey sparked an innovative development of overseas branches (as in London and Caracas), then the signing of several licensing agreements with the best manufacturers, from Canada to Japan. As a result, the Dior name would expand beyond the original United States frontier to become established all over the world.

It is precisely this international ambition and unquenchable curiosity that is being highlighted, from November 19, by the exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World, through more than 180 haute couture outfits and 25 atelier toiles, photographs, unique videos and films, sketches and nearly 200 accessories and objects related to Dior fragrances and makeup, all curated by Florence Müller. This enchanting journey through time also serves to trace the creativity of Christian Dior’s successors, who, just like him, were inspired by the cultures of the world.

19 November
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Dior : from Paris to the World

As part of a journey through time and the many countries explored by the visionary couturier and his successors, the exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World celebrates the House’s heritage at the Denver Art Museum, in Colorado.

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Throughout this unique retrospective, haute couture outfits, atelier toiles, photographs, rare films, accessories and objects related to Dior perfume and makeup Dior follow each other in stunning succession. Representing more than seventy years of creation, they testify to the fascination of Christian Dior and his successors for foreign cultures.

Like a tribute to the feminine curves that shaped everything the founding couturier did, the architect Shohei Shigematsu has conceived a display scenography that evokes an unfurling ribbon.

Extending across fifteen spaces and as many themes, it plunges the visitor into the history and extraordinarily rich heritage of the House, and traces the birth of icons such as the ageless Bar jacket. The result is a dialogue and an interaction between the timeless elegance and revolutionary vision of Christian Dior, the creative daring of Yves Saint Laurent, the soft lines of Marc Bohan, the flamboyance of Gianfranco Ferré, the extravagance of John Galliano, the purity of Raf Simons, and the feminist viewpoint of Maria Grazia Chiuri. This unmissable exhibition also highlights the “Ladies in Dior”, the muses and clients who have helped carry the Dior legend beyond far 30 Avenue Montaigne.

17 November
Savoir Faire

DIOR GRAND BAL PLUME NOIRE SAVOIR-FAIRE  

The Dior Grand Bal collection welcomes a strikingly new model melding the delicacy of feathers with the elegance of black. Discover the steps in its creation in images.  

Born of Christian Dior’s passion for parties, the Dior Grand Bal, originating in 2011, reproduces the effect of a twirling gown. Thanks to its Dior Inversé 11½ caliber, its rotor seems to waltz along with the wearer’s movement. Constructed in the manner of haute couture garments, these precious timepieces are increasingly delicate and refined, as illustrated by the new Dior Grand Bal Plume Noire. Its lack dial woven with gold wire and black feather combine to create the captivating impression of a majestic sun. Fusing the tradition of featherworking with horological technicality, this supreme treasure of ingenuity demanded an extraordinary level of savoir-faire from our artisans in order to give it its effortless lightness.

17 November
Savoir Faire

Dior VIII Montaigne Clair de Lune Savoir-Faire

Designed as a tribute to the founding couturier’s passion for the heavens, the new Dior VIII Montaigne Clair de Lune timepieces come in three models, each limited to eighty-eight pieces. Discover their story.

From his youth at Granville to his ateliers in Paris, Christian Dior continuously relied on signs of fate and the advice of his clairvoyant, Madame Delahaye. Throughout his life, he collected and kept talismans of all kinds, such as the five-pointed star – found by chance when he was getting ready to open his couture house – which he regarded as a good-luck charm. This sense of astral-associated destiny has inspired the new Dior VIII Montaigne Clair de Lune timepieces, the dials of which feature the three phases of the moon – ascending, full and descending.

In tribute to the savoir-faire contained in the House’s haute couture ateliers, meticulously placed gold wires and diamonds, selected for their brilliance, trace out a starry sky. Reproducing the lunar cycle required more than 4,110 gold wires for the full moon, 2,875 for the half moon and 2,078 for the quarter moon. Echoing the delicate dial, the 36-millimeter diameter yellow gold case has been engraved on the back with a moon, along with its unique number. Other precious details include the glass which is curved to evoke a telescope lens, and the second hand designed with a golden circle at its end, representing a star that appears to revolve around the moon. The bezel is entirely set with seventy-two round diamonds, and the buckle of the black alligator strap with eighteen round diamonds.

16 November
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A NIGHT AT THE GUGGENHEIM 

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