CHRISTIAN DIOR DESIGNER OF DREAMS
The House’s multiple sources of inspiration – from Versailles to the splendor of flowers – are on display, while the Colorama, a magical cabinet of curiosities brimming with chromatic nuances, reveals the essential role of Dior accessories, from makeup to perfumes, including hats by Stephen Jones. The must-see toile room, a tribute to the Ateliers, showcases the excellence of Dior’s petites mains. In a final magical touch, the central vault has been redesigned as an enchanted garden with a sky constellated by stars – an echo of Christian Dior’s lucky star. Visitors may also discover dresses that have graced the most dazzling actresses, from Grace Kelly to Jennifer Lawrence. The American dream meets the Dior dream, from art to fashion.
1A retrospective conceived for the House’s 70th anniversary, and which was also presented in London and Shanghai.
2Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, Brooklyn Museum.
3Christian Dior, who had never before crossed the Atlantic, in 1947 embarked aboard the Queen Elizabeth for New York. It was love at first sight “Carried away by my enthusiasm, I completely forgot the ancient continent of my birth… My two days in New York were spent in a state of continuous wonder.” A passionate encounter related by the couturier in his autobiography, cited in the complementary press release: From the New Look to New York.
4Seated Woman (1895), Paul-César Helleu (1859-1927).
5Whose monumental installation The Dinner Party figures among the exceptional works at the Brooklyn Museum.