PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Exhibition dates from 8 April 2017 to 7 january 2018
From 8 april to 30 september : Every day from 10:00 to 18:30 (ticket office closes at 18:00)
From 1st october to 7 january :  From 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 17.30. Every day during school vacations and from tuesday to sunday out of school vacations.
Full price: €8
Concessions: €4 (students, disabled visitors and job-seekers)
Group price: €4 per person (minimum of 12 people, reservation required)
Inter-museum offer: each ticket for the Christian Dior Museum entitles you to a reduced-price ticket (for use within a week) at the Richard Anacréon Modern Art Museum.
 
MUSEUM CONTACT
musee@museechristiandior.fr
Telephone: +33 (0)2 33 61 48 21
Christian Dior Museum /
Musée Christian Dior
1 rue d’Estouteville
Villa Les Rhumbs
50400 GRANVILLE

  

 

CHRISTIAN DIOR & GRANVILLE

Roots of a legend

Christian Dior Museum - Granville
from 8 April 2017 to 7 january 2018

 

The Christian Dior and Granville exhibition sheds new light on the great clothing designer's life, as part of the celebrations for the fashion house's seventieth year. On 12 February 1947, Christian Dior gave his first show in the private mansion at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris. It was an unprecedented success in the history of fashion design, instantly making the fashion house the epitome of French haute couture. The Christian Dior Museum in Granville is helping to commemorate this by offering a new perspective that shows how Dior's roots in Granville were formative for his style. The family home played a key role in inspiring the designer. Christian Dior spent his early years at the Les Rhumbs villa, then visited for childhood holidays after his family moved to Paris in 1910. In his memoirs, he stated that he had "the tenderest and most wonderful memories of that place. What can I say? My life, my style, owe almost everything to its location and its architecture."
The Les Rhumbs villa, its décor, its garden, Granville and the loved ones who cared about him formed the foundations of the great designer's defining temperament: that of a Normandy man, an artist, a dreamer and an entrepreneur. The style of the Dior fashion house can only be understood by examining its roots in Normandy, in this house and this garden perched on the cliffs, looking out onto the vast sea and sky. When Christian Dior founded his fashion house in late 1946, he called upon his happy childhood memories, and brought his friends from Granville into his team. "So we all came together again, as we had in our youth for picnics, fishing trips and croquet. But this time, we were to face a different battle," the designer recalls in his memoirs. This was to be an artistic battle, in which his stunning triumph brought glorious posterity to Dior. Talented artistic directors have followed in the founder's footsteps over the decades. Today, Maria Grazia Chiuri carries the creative torch, ensuring that Dior continues to make haute couture history.
This attachment to the designer's Normandy roots is evoked in the exhibition, via a dual historical and stylistic journey.  Rekindling the memory of the designer's childhood paradise, objects are juxtaposed with designer dresses created from 1947 onwards, and later by the subsequent artistic directors, who have remained faithful to Christian Dior's memory, maintaining a connection to his preferred themes.
 
Commissioner
Florence Müller, Chief Commissioner
 
Christian Dior Museum
Brigitte Richart, Curator of the Christian Dior Museum
Barbara Jeauffoy-Mairet, Associate Curator
 
Scenography
Alighieri Agency
 
PRESS CONTACTS
Paule Gilles, Communications Officer
paule.gilles@museechristiandior.fr
Telephone: +33 (0)2 33 68 58 30