VIC­TOIRE DOUTRELEAU

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Model and muse of Chris­tian Dior In his 1957 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Mon­sieur Dior wrote that when you ar­rived at his fash­ion house, there was a storm of crit­i­cism ... Your most mem­o­rable times with him? Well, he was al­ways very re­fined and el­e­gant. One day, I walked into the stu­dio. It was late and there was no­body there. Then I heard some­body singing – it was Chris­tian. He wasn’t wear­ing a shirt and was in the midst of shav­ing. I saw that he had a hairy chest, some­thing I never ex­pected. It’s such a funny mem­ory. What’s it like be­ing a muse to so many? I didn’t know I was a muse. I was just living my own life, as a model. When Chris­tian died, it was a shock to me. I’d lost a fa­ther fig­ure. What do you think have been the big­gest changes at Dior since Raf Simons? There were no changes per se; Dior con­tin­ued to evolve nat­u­rally. What’s ex­tra­or­di­nary with Raf Simons is he has the same sen­si­tiv­ity Chris­tian had. He re­ally likes women; he wants them to be beau­ti­ful and sexy, in the most mod­ern of ways. Is the Dior of to­day some­thing you imag­ined it would be­come? When you’re young, you don’t think that things will ever change. The evo­lu­tion of fash­ion re­flects the evo­lu­tion of life, so­ci­ety, and even the fab­rics used. Then there’s mod­ern tech­nol­ogy – there are a lot of el­e­ments evolv­ing to­day. Your thoughts on fash­ion to­day? Well, haute cou­ture is a dif­fer­ent world. I don’t think much about the fast fash­ion on the street. Most im­por­tant les­son you’ve learned? From Dior and Yves Saint Lau­rent, I learned good taste, and to know what beauty re­ally is.

Doutreleau with Mon­sieur Dior at the Dior Haute Cou­ture Au­tumn/ Win­ter 1954 show

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