Miss Dior is 70

Born in 1947, Miss Dior - the first-born of the house fra­grances - has a rich his­tory and is still go­ing strong.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Trends - By SAN­DRA LOW star2@thes­tar.com.my

THE House of Dior, founded by French de­signer Chris­tian Dior, cel­e­brates its 70th year with an am­bi­tious and beau­ti­ful ex­hi­bi­tion en­com­pass­ing the cre­ative spirit of the la­bel.

The “Chris­tian Dior, De­signer of Dreams Ex­hi­bi­tion” held at The Musee Des Arts Dec­o­rat­ifs in Paris, dis­plays an ex­tra­or­di­nary heritage collection.

The en­tire his­tory of the Maison is re­vealed, from its cre­ation in 1947 by Dior, to all the fa­mous de­sign­ers who have fol­lowed in his foot­steps, show­cas­ing the most iconic dresses, as well as pho­to­graphs, orig­i­nal doc­u­ments, and works of art that shed light on each era.

This com­pre­hen­sive ex­hi­bi­tion also cel­e­brates 70 years of Miss Dior.

Miss Dior (cre­ated in 1947) is the first-born of the House fra­grances. Its el­e­gant green chypre scent was des­tined to be the scented em­bod­i­ment of the New Look’s revo­lu­tion­ary spirit.

As such, the “Dior, Cou­turier Per­fumer” room is ded­i­cated to Miss Dior, the “beloved daugh­ter” that launched the long his­tory of Dior fra­grances.

Here, the most iconic Miss Dior dresses are on display: the very first one by Dior him­self in 1949, Raf Si­mon’s “pointil­list” de­sign, and the most re­cent em­broi­dered marvel by Maria-Grazia Chi­uri.

In ad­di­tion, there are pho­tos of Cather­ine Dior, the cou­turier’s adored sis­ter and the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the leg­endary fra­grance.

“The Dior and the Grasse re­gion” display is an en­chant­ing one. Along­side fea­tur­ing Cather­ine who cul­ti­vated fra­grance flow­ers in Cal­lian, in the Proven­cal roots of Dior per­fumes, it also takes vis­i­tors on a jour­ney to the Chateau de La Colle Noire, Dior’s gar­den of Eden, and his last home.

Fur­ther along, “Per­fume bot­tles and ex­cep­tional women” re­veals the faces of fa­mous stars faith­ful to the scent of Miss Dior such as Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gi­uli­etta Masina.

From the first blue-white-red tril­ogy by Bac­carat and the mod­ern am­phorae of Otoniel and Vic­toire de Castel­lane (con­tem­po­rary cre­ations for J’adore) to the pres­tige edi­tions with bows em­broi­dered in the Cou­ture ate­liers, the en­tire art of Dior bot­tling un­furls be­fore the vis­i­tor’s eyes.

There is also a sen­si­tive por­trait which sheds light on Fran­cois Demachy, the Dior per­fumer-cre­ator who fash­ioned the cur­rent Miss Dior fra­grance em­bod­ied by Na­talie Port­man.

Seen as a hall­mark of eter­nal youth, this res­o­lutely mod­ern Miss Dior will have a new Eau de Par­fum launch­ing in Septem­ber.

In the “Colorama uni­verse of Dior Colour”, a fresco of ob­jects de­tails the fun­da­men­tal colours of the House, lin­ger­ing over the most tal­ented fig­ures of Dior Beauty: Serge Lutens, Tyen and the cur­rent cre­ative and im­age di­rec­tor for Dior Make-up, Peter Philips.

So, if you’re a Dior fan, it’s worth check­ing out this breath­tak­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, con­sid­ered the largest ever in Paris.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run un­til Jan 7, 2018. In the Colorama uni­verse of Dior Colour, a fresco of ob­jects de­tails the fun­da­men­tal colours of the House, lin­ger­ing over the most tal­ented fig­ures of Dior Beauty: Lutens, Tyen and the cur­rent cre­ative and im­age di­rec­tor for Dior Make-up, Phillips.

The De­signer of Dreams Ex­hi­bi­tion held at The Musee Des Arts Dec­o­rat­ifs in Paris dis­plays an ex­tra­or­di­nary heritage collection that Mr Dior would ap­prove of. — Pho­tos: Dior Beauty

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