Christian Dior and Granville

Christian Dior and GranvilleImage courtesy of Christian Dior Museum

Christian Dior and Granville
Christian Dior Museum
8 April – 24 September 2017

 

The Dior and Granville exhibition sheds new light on the work of the great couturier as part of the couture house’s seventieth anniversary celebrations. The Christian Dior Museum in Granville is joining the commemorations, offering a unique perspective on the Granville origins of the style created by Dior, who was born in Granville in 1905. The family home played a key role in the designer’s sources of inspiration. Christian Dior spent his childhood in the Les Rhumbs villa under the protective and loving eye of his mother Madeleine.

 

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The couturier’s former family home in Granville, now home to the museum, fits in perfectly with the typical landscape of the Normandy coast. The young Christian Dior would gaze at the immense coastal views and wander around the garden he designed with his mother, featuring flowerbeds, a pergola, a rose garden and maritime pines.

 

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Recolling the “Asian” entrance hall to the Les Rhumbs villa, Christian Dior designed belted dresses inspired by Japanese abis and tunics reminiscent of the qipao dresses worn by women in Shanghai during the interwar period. The fireplace, the central decorative element in this drawing room in the villa, displays the 18th-century-1910 style sought by the Diors. Christian Dior actually decoreted his couture house in this style. From 1947 to the present day, Dior dresses have often been inspired by it. As a child, Christian Dior was passionately interested in horticulture. He shared with Madeleine Dior a love of flowers, especially roses. Printed or embroidered floral designs are among the characteristic elements of the Dior style.

 

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