In Paris, the Galerie Dior perpetuates the memory of 30 Montaigne, the French House’s iconic address, and traces its destiny through archival pieces that capture the essence of Dior style. This cultural showcase is now offering a new journey, revealing other facets of the Dior allure.
This spellbinding voyage highlights and puts into perspective the birth of Miss Dior, a ready-to-wear line created in 1967 at the instigation of Marc Bohan. A pivotal moment told through the prism of unpublished documents, but above all conveyed by outfits imbued with the free, swinging spirit of the 1960s, and reflecting the Maison’s desire to dress all women.
The silhouettes dreamed up by Dior’s Menswear Creative Director, Kim Jones are also on display for the first time, notably in the “Artistic Affinities” room, which is transformed to celebrate the multiple collaborations initiated by the Artistic Director of the men’s collections, as are the looks featuring the works of painters and visual artists Raymond Pettibon (for the Winter 2019-2020 show) and Peter Doig (for Winter 2021-2022), inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the singular narrative that unites Dior and contemporary art.
A marvelous odyssey that continues by sailing even further back in time, to the 18th century. These inexhaustible inspirations are unveiled in a selection of garments, accessories and ornaments, as well as through objects and photographs evoking the fascination of Christian Dior for the splendors of the Age of Enlightenment. An admiration shared by his successors, including Maria Grazia Chiuri, who in 2022 conceived a pleated tulle and lace dress for the series Marie-Antoinette, worn by actress Emilia Schüle playing the title role.
A fabulous venture into the heart of the House’s patrimony, between heritage and reinvention.