The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail. (Christian Dior quote)
There is an exhibit at the childhood home of Christian Dior that features his greatest work along with his successors, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre and John Galliano.
Galliano is known for delving into the archives. In his very first collection for Dior he named a lilac tulle ball gown "Mitzah" and used the same shade in the silk linings in homage to Dior's muse Mitzah Bricard, one of the most elegant socialites in Paris, whose favourite colour it was.
Another exhibit with a story behind it is a navy blue day dress spangled with tiny stars, which Dior, who always named his dresses, called "Lucky Star". When he was on his way to meet his financier Marcel Boussac on April 18, 1946 he saw something glinting on the pavement and picked it up. It was a metallic star off a horseshoe. Boussac stumped up the money and Dior attached the star to a ribbon and kept it as a good luck charm on his desk.
White was Dior's preference for grand evening gowns and the lily of the valley his fetish flower. Both are brought together on a delicate ball skirt festooned with faux lilies of the valley, which he had specially embroidered, specifying that he wanted to recreate the "trembling" of the individual bells.
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As well as accessories, there are original paintings by the brilliant illustrator Rene Gruau to advertise the house perfumes. For Diorama, it is a length of black tulle tossed over a pink-covered chair with a pair of white elbow-length gloves, the epitome of elegance.
This exhibit runs till September 23 2007 and costs 5 euros.
Visit http://www.musee-dior-granville.com/ for more information.
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