Florence Muller, previous curator of Dior’s 40th anniversary retrospective in 1987, along with Museum Director Olivier Gabet, curated the vast exhibition concentrating on fashion and accessories, and artwork, respectively, with 23 themes to communicate the brand’s story.
Dedicated sections include presentations of work throughout the years from all seven creative directors including the namesake founder himself as well as his successors, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri, along with the Ateliers that brought their visions to life. Additionally, significant and influential photographers are honored with vintage and modern prints featuring Dior dresses shot by greats like Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Henry Clarke, Horst P. Horst and Cecil Beaton.
Rooms devoted to the fashion house’s distinct color palette spotlight make-up artistic directors Serge Lutens, Tyen and Peter Philips. Occupied by over 500 accessories from hats and bags to shoes and costume jewelry, the elements on view are set to express the brand’s relationship with color, enriched with original illustrations by Rene Gruau and Mats Gustafson. Further creative-based themes look to Christian Dior’s global vision of fashion, focusing on dress from countries and continents such as Egypt, Africa, Japan and Spain, as well as historical time frames like the XVIIITH Century exemplifying the continuity of the Dior inspirations.
A spotlight on ‘The New Look’ demonstrates Dior’s immense influence on the history of fashion, exposing the brand’s most celebrated silhouettes. Also observing Dior’s influence on society and pop culture, a sector dedicated to red carpet style will present dresses worn by celebrities at major events throughout time with legendary looks seen on stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Lady Diana, Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence. J’Adore also honors its famous ambassador Charlize Theron with a showcase of five iconic gold outfits worn by the star for the perfume’s advertisements.
Proudly appearing throughout these stages, Swarovski celebrates a rich history of collaboration and innovation beginning with the ‘Aurora Borealis’ crystal exclusively crafted for Christian Dior in 1956. Manfred Swarovski, grandson of the company’s founder, produced the stone using a micro-thin layer of vaporized blue metal to coat the crystal’s lower facets resulting in a dramatic and explosive illumination of colors reminiscent of the Northern Lights. Appealing to Christian Dior’s adoration of his natural surroundings, the designer stated, “You can never go wrong if you take nature as an example.” The iconic stone became the signature embellishment of ‘The New Look’ and 70 years after its conception, continues to adorn Dior designs, sharing with Swarovski the same love of savoir-faire and perfection, experimentation and material.
Persistently challenging the limits of the world’s finest craftsmanship, Swarovski will introduce new media for the exhibit, creating crystallized scenography masks to adorn mannequins at ‘The Ball’. Two podiums presenting emblematic gowns will twirl within the center of the museum’s nave, producing a brilliant spectacle of crystal and light. Stephen Jones, the prodigious milliner behind the designs commented, “Inspired by Mr. Dior's love of parties and Le Grand Bal, I have created masks in tulle studded with Swarovski crystals to embody the poetic extravagance of the Dior designer. The masks are individually colored to harmonize with the nuances of each gown.” – Stephen Jones
Open to adoring fashion fans around the world, the retrospective will run from July 5th 2017 to January 7th 2018 at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Atelier Swarovski jewelry, Aurora Borealis loose crystals, and specialty postcards picturing Dior gowns with Swarovski crystal embellishment will be available for purchase in the Museum Boutique, granting guests the opportunity to personally experience Swarovski’s fashion creativity and unique craftsmanship firsthand.