The history of Christian Dior is intimately linked with the arts of divination. “Women will benefit you and it is through them that you will be successful,” he was told at a Granville fair when still a child. Throughout his life, the couturier placed his trust in his lucky star, literally and figuratively, because it was a five-pointed star – found by chance on the pavement when he was getting ready to open his couture house – that would become the lucky talisman of both his life and his House. Codes and symbols culled from superstition are present all through the Dior story and they have repeatedly inspired the creative directors who have succeeded the founder: the four-leaf clover, the lily-of-the-valley, tarot... Today they are being given a modern reinterpretation by Maria Grazia Chiuri in her fashion and accessories collections.
These symbols provide the narrative thread for the Galeries Lafayette windows in which the blue-hued looks from the ready-to-wear 2017-2018 collection along with the House’s iconic perfumes are displayed. They can also be found inside the department store, on an immense midnight blue and gold hot-air balloon, floating beneath the soaring stained-glass dome. In addition, the Galerie des Galeries plays host to the exhibition I Feel Blue which brings together the creations by Christian Dior that have inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri's most recent collection for the House: sketches of designs such as Etoile du Nord and Bonne Etoile, their names evoking superstition and the constellations, along with dresses and coats in varying shades of blue.