Legends: Christian Dior and Screen Stars
1st September 2012 Christian Dior’s childhood home – which he adored – is now a charming museum, and the setting for Stars in Dior, a fascinating exhibition that traces cinema stars who loved and lived in Dior designs. Marlene Dietrich, (photo above: Dietrich in a Dior costume for the film No Highway in the Sky 1951) Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Olivia de Havilland were dedicated fans of Dior fashions. More recently, film luminaries Marion Cotillard, Sharon Stone, and Isabelle Adjani, among others, have appeared on the ‘red carpet’ in Dior, as well as choosing the clothes for personal wear. The exhibition is an assemblage of the designs, plus amazing photos of the screen stars in Dior.
The impact of Dior’s home, “Les Rhumbs” – located on a cliff, overlooking the sea in Granville, Normandy, not far from Mont St.Michel, – influenced the designer all his life. He wrote in his autobiography Christian Dior et Moi – “I have most tender and amazed memories…..I would even say that my life and my style owe almost everything to its site and architecture.” Fashion historians will delight in the beautiful book that was published by Rizzoli New York in conjunction with the exhibition: Stars in Dior – with contributions by Florence Müller and Serge Toubiana, director de la Cinémathèque française. More information at www.musee-dior-granville.com JG
Photos: Marlene Dietrich – Photofest
Jean Seberg Sipa Press