Do Not Miss: Exhibit pairs Dior with Impressionism

Christian Dior’s former house, the family villa where the legend of Haute Couture was born and now operates as a museum, will be hosting a magnificent exhibition during the following months.

Text: Maria Meintani

If you happen to be anywhere near to France this spring and summer, you should definitely pay a visit to Granville. “Impressions Dior” will showcase the everlasting relationship between Dior and the Impressionist movement, to which he was closely bond from the beginning of his career in 1947. More than 70 Dior dresses that echo the colors and the feminine silhouettes found in works by Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot and other artists are going to be paired with some  paintings of those artists, borrowed from the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Marmottan Monet and other institutions. The exhibition will take place from May 4 to September 22, right next to the garden that was the main inspiration for Christian’s career and his way of designing.

Christian Dior as an elegant gardener

Christian Dior loved flowers as much as he adored women and this has been clearly obvious throughout his years of creation. He loved the idea of dressing women like blooming flowers, with extra volume and petal cuts on the fabrics of the dresses he made. He even named one of his collections as “Ligne Tulipe” (in 1953) and as we can read in his 1957 autobiography, Christian Dior And Me, he refers to his creations in these terms: “The colors were inspired by Impressionist paintings and evoked the flower-filled fields dear to Renoir and Van Gogh.” Besides nature and flowers, the brilliant French couturier also loved art, and he constantly drew inspiration from the work of Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet.

Trois femmes aux ombrelles  (Marie Bracqemond, 1880)

Madame Darras as a Horsewoman (Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1873)

Femmes au jardin (Claude Monet, 1866)

Roses dans un vase (Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1872)

Concurrently with the exhibiton, the Impressionist festival will also be taking place in the Normandy region of France, including a “perfume path” in the villa’s garden as well as a Rizzoli book by Florence Müller, a fashion historian and curator of the exhibition.