“There are two Christian Diors: me and the other. We are increasingly distinct. He is the great clothing designer.He is the mansion on Avenue Montaigne and all the surrounding buildings. As for me, yes, I was born in Granville on 21 January 1905 [...]. Half Parisian, half Norman, I am strongly attached to the land where I was born, even though I never return there.” Christian Dior.
The only Musée de France (recognised French public interest museum) dedicated to a fashion designer, and property of the Granville authorities, in June 2012, the museum obtained the “Maison des Illustres” label for sites associated with famous figures. Since 2010, after the summer period, it has offered the autumn-winter exhibition Une maison, des collections. The exhibition presents collections kept in Granville, acquired and restored by the Présence de Christian Dior association since the museum was founded in 1997. The display is renewed each year, to allow visitors to enjoy the museum’s various treasures, whilst preserving the textile collections.
Une maison, des collections looks at Christian Dior’s sources of inspiration and his creations.
Stepping inside 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris, we are invited to discover the expertise of the Dior fashion house, and to get a behind-the-scenes look at jewellery design, the sewing studios and scarf creation.
In this period, a woman’s elegance was manifested through her careful adaptation of her outfit to each moment in the day. Christian Dior fully understood this, and from 1947 he offered collections allowing women to change clothes up to five times a day. Part of the exhibition shows this diversity through a selection of emblematic pieces.
This year, winter is well and truly here, with a display of coats, furs and New Year’s Eve dresses, allowing visitors to see a different side of the fashion house’s creations. The exhibition also immerses us in the great clothing designer’s professional life, presenting his most faithful employees, such as the famous illustrator René Gruau or the shoe designer Roger Vivier. For the first time, it offers us the chance to discover the world of Baby Dior. Through all of this, visitors can glimpse the spirit of the Haute Couture creations introduced by Christian Dior and continued by his successors, from Yves Saint Laurent to Maria Grazia Chiuri, the new artistic director.
A selection of sixty Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear pieces, as well as fashion accessories, are exhibited. Loan items from Christian Dior Couture enrich the display, in this house where Christian Dior took his first steps.
Open from 2pm to 5:30pm, every day during the school vacations (of zones A, B and C), and from Wednesday to Sunday outside of French school vacations.
Closed on 24, 25 and 31 December 2016, and on 1 January and 28 February 2017 (Granville carnival).
Musée Christian Dior - Villa Les Rhumbs - 1 rue d’Estouteville - 50400 Granville - France