Art Meets Couture: 70 Dior Dresses Paired With Impressionist Paintings In New Exhibition

24 April 2013 by

Dior is lined up to make a big impression with it's latest exhibition in it's founders home in Granville, France this summer. It will be a summer garden party where art meets couture, letting you can enter the dreamy world of Dior.

Impressions Dior will explore the relationship between the house and the art movement. In the exhibition 70 Dior dresses, from Monsieur Dior's first creations in 1947 to frocks by Raf Simons, will be matched up with paintings by Degas, Monet, Renoir and more. These impressionist paintings are on loan from the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Marmottan Monet and other galleries.

If you've always wanted to have your own Dior moment à la Natalie Portman twirling among thousands of roses, the exhibition will also include a bespoke 'perfume path' through the gardens of the museum. The flower is of course central to Christian Dior's 'New Look' created in 1947, as the fashion house began creating dresses to transform a woman into a flower.

Speaking of the Christian Dior Museum of Granville, the house write that the exhibition will seek to 'reveal how the enchanting surroundings of the Villa 'Les Rhumbs' with its garden overlooking the sea not only echoes the alfresco or open-air ideal of impressionist artists but also affected Christian Dior's childhood to impact his fashion inspirations later on.'

The exhibition ties in with an Impressionist festival this summer in Normany and there will also be a Rizzoli book by fashion historian and curator of the exhibition Florence Müller to coincide with Impressions Dior. If you're planning to hop across the channel to see the divine Dior exhibition, it opens on May 4 till September 22.

See some of the pieces that will be on display at the exhibition in the gallery below...


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