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16 December

The Savoir-faire of the Pierrot Dress

For the fiftieth anniversary of Baby Dior, Cordelia de Castellane designed an autumn-winter 2017-2018 capsule collection in which she revisited an iconic model baptized Pierrot, created by Marc Bohan and worn by two children at the launch of the first boutique in 1967. Discover the secrets behind its making.

Uncovering the making of this design means heading to the Baby Dior ateliers in Redon, Brittany. A place steeped in history where, among hundreds of spools of thread in shimmering hues, lengths of fabric with enchanting prints and the cozy purring of sewing machines, a dozen seamstresses cut, stitch and skillfully put together the models designed by the Creative Director in Paris. Inspired by Pierrot, the character from the commedia dell'arte, this black velvet dress is decorated with nine white organza frills at the neckline and cuffs. Just as in an haute couture creation, the small details have a key importance; these delicate layers are of different lengths and the finishing threads known as a “ladder stitch” are either black or white to ruffle with movement and provide volume.  As tradition dictates, the petites mains realized this embroidery stitch with a Cornely machine that needs to be patiently controlled in order to slowly, incrementally produce this graphic and repetitive design. It’s by looking closer that one discovers, placed at the top of the back, a button that suggests the silhouette of a little girl. To wit, this element becomes a delicate and poetic little mother-of-pearl jewel. 

16 December
Heritage

Happy Birthday, Baby Dior!

The year was 1967, exactly fifty years ago, when the very first Baby Dior boutique was inaugurated, in the presence of Princess Grace of Monaco. We look back on the history of this line which revisits the House’s spirit through the prism of childhood, and whose heritage Creative Director Cordelia de Castellane perpetuates today. 

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It was at Granville, in Normandy, in a villa perched at the top of a cliff, overlooking the sea, that Christian Dior developed his sense of the wonder. In this setting, his childhood was filled with the Fairytales of Charles Perrault, illustrated by Gustave Doré, and punctuated by fancy dress balls, flower festivals and carnivals. Having become a couturier, Christian Dior never ceased to drawn inspiration from his childhood memories. So, when he has the opportunity to please the three daughters of his friend Pierre Colle, Beatrice, Sylvia and Marie-Pierre, of whom he is the godfather, he does not hesitate to show inventiveness. For Christmas 1949, he offered girls New Look designs in miniature for their dolls. He also imagines a complete trousseau for a bather. What was only an entertainment for Christian Dior will gradually become an activity reserved for the most exceptional events, such as ceremonies of baptism or marriage.

Marc Bohan, then Creative Director of the House’s women's collections, adapted some of his creations for little girls. This is why, on 1 October 1961, Elizabeth Taylor appeared in London with her daughter, both dressed in violet coats lined with Dior mink. These were the first small steps of Baby Dior. It wasn't until November 7, 1967, at 28 Avenue Montaigne, just a few steps from the House’s historic address, that Marc Bohan inaugurated the first Baby Dior boutique, accompanied for the occasion by HRH Princess Grace of Monaco. With two collections per year and exclusive orders, Marc Bohan created an enchanting wardrobe for children, consisting of flounced dresses, flannel jumpsuits, mini ties, Russian-style buttoned pajamas, scarves and shoes embroidered with the “CD” initials.

In 2012, Cordelia de Castellane was named Creative Director of Baby Dior. She has made a point of honor of drawing her primary inspiration from the House's archives, with Christian Dior the protagonist of her fabulous stories. Season after season she explores the couturier’s memories, anecdotes and passions to create collections based around influences ranging from artist friends of his such as Jean Cocteau, or maybe the Impressionists, the sumptuous soirées he so loved or the Chateau de Versailles. Like Christian Dior in his day, the designer injects her work with a dose of humor, naming each piece individually. She also enjoys appropriating the House codes, such as the cannage motif and the rose, mixing them with unexpected materials and colors. The Baby Dior collections are modern and innovative, produced in beautiful materials, with the concept of comfort always paramount. And so, fifty years on, the Baby Dior legacy is perpetuated by Cordelia de Castellane, who designs collections still made in the same ateliers, located in Redon, Brittany.

15 December
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Tarot

From embroidered Lady Dior, J’adior and Dioraddict bags to hand-painted leather jackets and tote bags, bomber jackets decorated with patches, to scarves,  knitwear and shoes, discover the cruise 2018 creations currently available in store, for which our Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired by the Motherpeace tarot created by Karen Vogel and Vicki Noble in the 1970s. 

14 December
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Follow us off set, in the company of Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, as he works his magic with the aid of products from the Precious Rocks winter makeup look. 

14 December
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Precious Splendor

Sparkling with harmonies borrowed from precious gemstones, this winter’s beauty offerings, as developed by Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior makeup, reveal the infinite possibilities of the 5 Couleurs Precious Rocks palettes as well as the Christmas look limited-edition Diorific nail polishes and lipsticks.

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