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Treasures of Christian Dior

About sixty haute couture dresses some of which have just been restored for the occasion, some personal belongings to the couturier, are on show in the villa Les Rhumbs, which was the childhood home of Christian Dior in Normandy. A place that allowed him to define his style and the architecture of his dresses. See at the Dior Museum in Granville until 6 January 2019. - Isabelle Cerboneschi.

May 7th

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Tailor "Bar" by Christian Dior, Spring-Summer 1947 Haute Couture collection. Photo: © Association Willy Maywald ADAGP, Paris (2018).

Treasures of Christian Dior

May 7th

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Sixty dresses of haute couture, some of which have just been restored for the occasion, some personal belongings of the couturier, are exposed in the villa Les Rhumbs, which was the childhood home of the couturier, in Normandy. A place that allowed him to define his style and the architecture of his dresses. To see at the Dior Museum in Granville until 6 January 2019. - Isabelle Cerboneschi.

It is rare that the childhood home of a couturier one day becomes the museum that houses his creations. This is the case of the villa Les Rhumbs in Granville, in Normandy. Hidden in the shelter of its garden, beaten by the winds, posed on the side of the cliff just at the edge of the Channel, it served as a showcase for the childhood of Christian Dior. And this until his father, hurt by the crisis of 1929, lost it. Redeemed by the city, today it is the Christian Dior Museum.

Until XNUMX January XNUMX, the museum hosts the exhibition Les trésors de la Collection, 30 ans d’acquisitions About sixty haute couture dresses, accessories, perfumes, photographs and other archive item, all testifying to the sweetness of the times lived away from the pink and grey walls of the villa Les Rhumbs.

There is something touching in the discovery of some personal belongings of Christian Dior, his lucky star, his diary, his watch and his scissors. Black and white images suggest the intimacy of the Dior family, gathered in a garden much more whimsical and wild than it is today. This haven of nature had been patiently created by his mother, Madeleine, as a stronghold: successive barricades of greenery protected the most fragile plantations from the wind until they reached the beating heart of the garden: full of roses and jasmine.

The Granville House is no stranger to the architecture of Christian Dior's creations, built in layers. "I dreamed of being an architect. Being fashion designer I am obliged to follow principles, laws of architecture, explained Christian Dior while he was invited in the amphitheater of the Sorbonne in 1948. (...) It is not a vain word to speak of the architecture of a dress. A dress is built, and it is built according to the direction of the fabrics. The meaning of fabrics is the secret of sewing. And it's a secret that depends on the first architectural law: that of obedience to weightlessness. "

Exhibition The treasures of the Collection, 30 years of acquisitions, until 6 January 2019.

Curator of the exhibition: Brigitte Richart, Curator, Commissioner General. Gwénola Fouilleul, Collections Officer, Associate Commissioner. With contributions from Florence Müller, Scientific Advisor and Barbara Jeauffroy-Mairet, Project Manager.

Scenography: Agence Alighieri (Simon Jaffrot and Noémie Bourgeois)

"Martine" dress by Christian Dior, Spring-Summer 1948 Haute Couture collection. Photos: © Laziz Hamani.

It is rare that the childhood home of a couturier one day becomes the museum that houses his creations. This is the case of the villa Les Rhumbs in Granville, in Normandy. Hidden in the shelter of its garden, beaten by the winds, posed on the side of the cliff just at the edge of the Channel, it served as a showcase for the childhood of Christian Dior. And this until his father, hurt by the crisis of 1929, lost it. Redeemed by the city, today it is the Christian Dior Museum.

Until XNUMX January XNUMX, the museum hosts the exhibition Les trésors de la Collection, 30 ans d’acquisitions About sixty haute couture dresses, accessories, perfumes, photographs and other archive item, all testifying to the sweetness of the times lived away from the pink and grey walls of the villa Les Rhumbs.

There is something touching in the discovery of some personal belongings of Christian Dior, his lucky star, his diary, his watch and his scissors. Black and white images suggest the intimacy of the Dior family, gathered in a garden much more whimsical and wild than it is today. This haven of nature had been patiently created by his mother, Madeleine, as a stronghold: successive barricades of greenery protected the most fragile plantations from the wind until they reached the beating heart of the garden: full of roses and jasmine.

The Granville House is no stranger to the architecture of Christian Dior's creations, built in layers. "I dreamed of being an architect. Being fashion designer I am obliged to follow principles, laws of architecture, explained Christian Dior while he was invited in the amphitheater of the Sorbonne in 1948. (...) It is not a vain word to speak of the architecture of a dress. A dress is built, and it is built according to the direction of the fabrics. The meaning of fabrics is the secret of sewing. And it's a secret that depends on the first architectural law: that of obedience to weightlessness. "

Exhibition The treasures of the Collection, 30 years of acquisitions, until 6 January 2019.

Curator of the exhibition: Brigitte Richart, Curator, Commissioner General. Gwénola Fouilleul, Collections Officer, Associate Commissioner. With contributions from Florence Müller, Scientific Advisor and Barbara Jeauffroy-Mairet, Project Manager.

Scenography: Agence Alighieri (Simon Jaffrot and Noémie Bourgeois)