The exhibition at the Museum of the Arts Décoratifs was recently completed on January 7, 2018. I would like to come back to the magnificent retrospective, organized for the 70th anniversary of the French House DIOR.
The couturier of dream Christian DIOR
Christian Dior and his connections with art, the link he has developped with his business and the different art forms that allowed him to define the identity of the house ; his successors : Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, until this day Maria Grazia Chiuri.
The exhibition was dense and full of documents, photographs, advertising components, art objects, illustrations…We come out admiring the work done by this talented man.
So for people who didn’t have the chance to walk through the Museum of Arts Décoratifs (whose scenography created by Nathalie Crinière was astonishing) let him take you to his world.
He founded his couture house with the help of textile manufacturer Marcel Boussac. His first fashion show on February 12, 1947 was a huge success and the women are going to adopt his “New Look” style.
Avant-gardiste, he created a new silhouette, emphasizing the bust and the waist redefining the code of this time and introducing a “new woman” who wants to be seductive (corolle collection in 1947).
The evening dresses are demanded on the other side of the Atlantic and the Bar tailor, with its pure and architectural cutting becomes iconic. On September 9, 1947 he was awarded with a fashion Oscar in Dallas.
A visionary and businessman, he released the same year his first fragrance, Miss DIOR, which made him radiate though the world. He built a real empire thanks to a well managed communication strategy, he set up officies all over the world and his fashion shows were worldwide. In 1957, the French House provided more than half of the exports of French Couture ; he was consecrated that year by Time Magazine. On October 24, 1957 he was the victim of a heart Attack in Montecatini, Italy.
Canvas, fashion photography, as well as hundreds of documents (illustrations, sketches, photographs of reports), fashion objects (hats, jewellery, bags, shoes, fragrances), the exhibition also présents more than 300 dresses, displayed thematically and chronologically.
I hope you enjoyed the retrospective of this exhibition.
Museum Arts Décoratifs,
107 rue de Rivoli,