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 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