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03 February
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FIRST IMPRESSION

Get a tempting glimpse of the exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, which is running at the V&A Museum in London until July 14.

03 February
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CHRISTIAN DIOR: DESIGNER OF DREAMS

From February 2 to July 14, the V&A in London is hosting the largest-ever exhibition devoted to the House across the Channel.

Named Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, this retrospective celebrates the founding couturier’s avant-garde spirit and the international destiny of his House, shepherded, after his passing in 1957, by the talent of the Creative Directors who succeeded him.

Unfolding across eleven themes, this unique event invites visitors to immerse themselves inside Christian Dior’s world, tracing the highlights of his life, from his childhood to the creation of his couture house at the end of 1946. A voyage through time that continues with the starring role played by such timeless icons as the eternal Bar suit, and legendary looks designed by the visionary tastemaker the couturier was.

Evoking the affinities that have united the House and the United Kingdom from the beginning, Christian Dior’s fascination with British culture and elegance is also unveiled, here serving as an introduction to the couturier’s many other passions (the 18th century, the Belle Époque style, flowers and gardens) that once punctuated his collections and continue to inspire his successors today. The space also pays tribute to the creative richness of the latter, showcasing the unique styles of Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Celebrating the Dior art of color, accessories, hats, bags, illustrations, miniature dresses, lipsticks and emblematic fragrances together form a spectrum of colors dear to Christian Dior and, in turn, enrich this exciting encounter with the House. The culmination of this immersive exploration, an exhibit called “Le Salon” showcases the splendor of society soirées, illustrated by spectacular dresses that testify to the virtuosity and savoir-faire of excellence of the Dior haute couture ateliers.

02 February
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EXCEPTIONAL SAVOIR-FAIRE 

Specially for the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition on show at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London, the House’s ateliers have produced a recreation in miniature of a dress by Marc Bohan from the spring-summer 1966 haute couture collection. Sample its unique savoir-faire in images.

02 February
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The Stephen Jones Interview

The Maison’s milliner, Stephen Jones, presents some of his designs from the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

02 February
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DIOR: A VERY BRITISH PASSION

From February 2 to July 14, 2019, the exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London, will celebrate the House’s heritage along with the unbreakable bonds it has maintained with Britain from the beginning. We explore a deep and inspiring friendship. 

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Christian Dior, the Duchess of Marlborough and Princess Margaret after the presentation of the Dior Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection at Blenheim Palace on 3rd November 1954.  © Popperfoto/Getty Images. 

I like its customs, its sense of tradition, its politeness, its architecture,” Christian Dior wrote of England in his memoirs. Originally unveiled in Paris on February 12, 1947, his first haute couture collection, the triumphant New Look, was presented to the future Queen Elizabeth I later that same year, in London. Four years on, seduced by that city and driven by the desire to please English women, the founding couturier launched a British offshoot of the House, C.D. Models. “I hardly feel like I'm talking about a foreign annex when referring to my house in London, the last-born of my branches, and, as a result, the one to which I currently devote the most attention,” he adds in his autobiography, Dior by Dior.

November 3, 1954 marked a consecration, as the Duchess of Marlborough invited Christian Dior to her home, the majestic Blenheim Palace, not far from the capital, to hold an exceptional show for the benefit of the British Red Cross. This historic and symbolic setting would be chosen again by the House to present its autumn-winter 1958 haute couture collection as well as its 2017 cruise show. British spirit and elegance inspired Christian Dior both for his personal wardrobe and for couture designs to which he gave names such as Londres, Mayfair, Chelsea, Dickens and Oxford.

Dior's connection with the country was further strengthened in 1996 with the arrival of John Galliano, a London-based designer, as Creative Director of the women's collections. The affinities with Britain continue to be written in the present and the future: in March 2018, the House chose British talent Kim Jones as the new Creative Director of the men's collections.

One of its most iconic accessories also represents a special link to Britain: the Lady Dior. This bag, which has become a global phenomenon, was named in honor of Diana, Princess of Wales who adopted it immediately while on a visit to Paris in 1995. Today, many famous British personalities wear the House’s creations, names such as: Emilia Clarke who, in 2015, starred in the ‘Rose des Vents’ jewelry campaign, Cara Delevingne, the face of the Capture Youth skincare line, Robert Pattinson, the face of the Dior Homme fragrance since 2013, as well as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Emma Watson.

In tribute to the couturier’s visionary style and the admiration he possessed for British culture, from February 2 to July 14, 2019, the V&A is holding a retrospective devoted to more than seventy years of creation named Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.

01 February
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OLFACTORY EXPERIENCES

Holy Peony arrives to enrich the luxuriant Maison Christian Dior garden with a sweet and luminous eponymous flower.  

Composing Holy Peony means making a portrait of a woman of undeniable charm. A floral and fruity peony created in trompe l'oeil, sparkling with red fruits. She is a lover of hungry, her apricot rose fragrance reflects the feminine roundness of her curves. It is a fragrance that whose woods and musks give it an amber charm,” explains François Demachy. Alongside this delicate peony, completing this unique and faceted bouquet is a rose spiked with a fresh lily-of-the-valley as well as some tangy notes of strawberry and raspberry.

01 February
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Holy Peony

A new floral statement designed for Maison Christian Dior by François Demachy, Holy Peony draws the contours of a peony bursting with beauty, which emerges like a sweet but assertive thornless rose.

Symbolizing abundance and harmony, the Holy Peony fragrance celebrates a sacred and venerated flower, a legend as intoxicating as its perfume. Recognized for its medicinal virtues in ancient Greece, the peony is named Paeonia in       tribute to the healing god Paeon, in Homer's Odyssey. Its fame and prestige would extend, centuries later, to China where it became a symbol of wealth and honor.

A huge nature lover, Christian Dior was also inspired by its magnificence. To wit, flamboyant roses punctuated the creations of its spring-summer 1949 haute couture collection, while its delicate corolla bloomed across printed silk fabrics from the spring-summer 1952 season. A timeless muse, its splendor and infinite delicacy, evoked by the unfolding of its thousand petals, have also been praised by other aesthetes. Its hypnotic shape captivated the imagination of Edouard Manet in 1864, who captured it in two of his paintings redolent with the exhilarating freshness of newly-cut stems – a freshness that François Demachy, Dior's exclusive Perfumer-Creator, has notably transcribed in olfactory notes for Holy Peony. The pen of Guillaume Apollinaire, its generous curves evoke those of the female body and, by extension, the passion for love in a poem called Pétales de Pivoine Peony Petals dedicated to his muse, Louise de Coligny-Châtillon.

A mute flower from an olfactory point of view that is difficult to cultivate, it is nevertheless illustrated in a multi-faceted scent that seems to sing with color. As fascinated by the expanses of brightly-colored peonies in the Isola Madre botanical garden in Italy, as the scintillating landscapes of China's Yunnan Province, with his new opus Holy Peony, François Demachy honors its fleshy charm, its seductive roundness and its vegetal freshness. Thus, he conceives a lively, delicate and fruity fragrance from which the idea of ​​generosity instantly escapes. From the start, this value has been shining at Maison Christian Dior, a place where a spirit of sharing reigns, inviting each perfume love to experience and transmit their unconditional passion for perfume.

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