The house of Dior will be opening an exhibition entitled “Stars in Dior” with a tagline “from the screen to the streets!”
The exhibition will be held at theMuseum at the Villa “Les Rhumbs” on the Route d’Estouteville in Granville on France’s Normandy coast, a location which is Monsieur Dior’s childhood home, running from May 12 through September 23, 2012.
The Christian Dior press release says that the designer was creating costumes for the cinema even before he established the fashion label bearing his name “Christian Dior” in 1947.
Dior collaborated with top contemporary filmmakers such as Claude Autant-Lara and René Clair, designing costumes for famous actresses such as Odette Joyeux, who wore several of his creations in her films dressed in Dior.
After 1947 Dior was very much in demand with filmmakers Jean-Pierre Melville, Vittorio de Sica, Marcel Carné and, among others.
Evenmade don Dior in his film “Stage Fright” as the actress was a huge patron of his couture, attending his very first fashion show on February 12, 1947.
Per Dior, Dietrich simply refused to star in the film if Christian Dior was not hired as costume designer, protesting “No Dior, no Dietrich!”
Also, the Berlin Film Archive has loaned an exhibit dedicated to Dietrich, who wore Dior “on the screen and in the streets.”
Reportedly, the first floor of the exhibit will feature actresses “wearing Dior in everyday life” which will include a special area dedicated exclusively to Marlene Dietrich.
For the Dietrich section, Dior has a mock-up of the actress’s own apartment to include her beauty products, accessories as well as ten of her Dior gowns.
On the second floor, Dior’s work as a costume designer prior to 1947 will be featured, with the third and final floor featuring red carpet looks and its famous ad campaigns.
Other highlights include Marion Cottilard’s 2009 midnight blue and black Oscars dress designed by John Galliano, as well as archived images and gowns worn by Marilyn Monroe, slide show…, Elizabeth Taylor and as well as contemporary starlets to , Natalie Portman and Kristen Dunst, also featured in a book entitled “Stars in Dior” which is being released in conjunction with the exhibition. Enjoy the