Christian Dior Started Out as an Art Gallerist. Now His Fashion House Has Opened a ‘Galerie Dior’ in Paris

Soon after an considerable two-year renovation, Dior has reopened its hallowed 30 Avenue Montaigne flagship in Paris. Built in 1865 by the son of Napoleon I, the 8th-arrondissement hôtel particulier has been synonymous with the brand because its December 1946 inception the incredibly following thirty day period, the namesake couturier reinvented postwar manner with the “New Glance.”

Overseen by fashion’s go-to architect Peter Marino, who has collaborated with the home for additional than 25 many years, the revamped 10,000 square-meter place is a veritable Dior ecosphere. In addition to its women’s and men’s boutiques, the room encompasses the atelier, the haute couture salons, a few gardens, a restaurant, a patisserie, and a personal condominium for VIP consumers. But the crown jewel is the 13-room Galerie Dior, accessible by a separate entrance.

Christian Dior Started Out as an Art Gallerist. Now His Fashion House Has Opened a ‘Galerie Dior’ in Paris

La Galerie Dior, within the house’s freshly redesigned Paris flagship. Photo: Kristen Pelou.

Art operates deep inside the house’s origins and codes—in fact, in advance of embarking upon a career in trend, Christian Dior was a gallerist. He co-launched Paris’s Galerie Jacques Bonjean in 1928, and from 1931 he was affiliated with Galerie Pierre Colle, which held two Salvador Dalí shows—it was the initially house to show his painting The Persistence of Memory—while also displaying artists such as Picasso, Guy Ray, Joan Miró, and Max Ernst.

The blockbuster retrospective “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” just lately concluded its stint at the Brooklyn Museum after stopping in London, Shanghai, and Paris. But there is even now an surplus of subject make a difference to curate, from the sublime and a bit bonkers John Galiano–era fantasias (see spring 2003’s Egyptian-influenced couture fall 2004’s stylish delirium) to Raf Simon’s transient, floral-weighty tenure to the first female innovative director Maria Grazia Chiuri and her staider present reign.

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This sort of extra can be uncovered in all its glory at La Galerie Dior, which is committed to the household, its record, its founder, and his six successors. Nathalie Criniere designed the retrospective’s scenographic narratives as properly as individuals in the present gallery set-up. “This is a manner house with a previous, present, and long run,” she claimed in a online video from the brand name. “The gorgeous detail about crafting a story is seeing it evolve, just like existence.”

Panic not, the legendary black iron balustrade staircase that served as the setting for so numerous legendary shows is still intact (as is Dior’s unique office environment). The gallery riffs upon the original staircase with a new, gleaming white one that spirals up via a rainbow “colorama” of miniature attire and accessories, like a twister that transports you to Dior’s version of Oz.

Photo: Kristen Pelou.

Picture: Kristen Pelou.

Photo: Kristen Pelou.

Picture: Kristen Pelou.

Photo: Kristen Pelou.

Image: Kristen Pelou.

Photo: Kristen Pelou.

Photo: Kristen Pelou.

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