Dior: Grace's treasures
While the exhibition dedicated to fashion designer is in full swing in London, the Christian Dior Museum in Granville inaugurated this April 27th a new exhibition exploring the privileged relationship between the Luxury House and the Princess Grace of Monaco, born Grace Kelly.
The Princess of Christian Dior
It is within the emblematic Villa Les Rhumbs that is held this retrospective Haute Couture, born from a partnership with the Palace of Monaco which, for the occasion, shares some of the rooms of the dressing room of the Hollywood actress - notably the muse of Alfred Hitchcock - who became a princess in 1956 by her marriage to Prince Rainier III.
Presented on three levels, "Grace of Monaco, Princess in Dior" showcases 85 dresses in a thematic scenography ranging from "Prom Dresses" to "Official Outings" through "Sport" or Perfumes, Grace of Monaco having a habit of decorating his bathroom with flasks of the House ...
Scarred Dior, this exceptional wardrobe illustrates the proximity maintained by the princess with the Parisian couture label, and in particular with the Director of Creation who succeeded Mr. Dior, Marc Bohan . A relationship of trust supported by the many photographs, video excerpts, archival drawings and correspondence from the one who did not choose the creations during presentations but on simple sketches.
The route of the exhibition is thus to present the public figure that was Grace of Monaco but also the modern and active woman, very attached to the relevance and the coherence in the choice of her outfits : dresses blouses - in vogue in the 70s -, tweed suits and tunic dresses and dresses blouses for the day; the flow of muslins embellished with embroidery, feathers and, often, floral motifs - a passion shared with Christian Dior - for official performances in the evening.
With this exhibition, the Granville Museum signs an event combining historical retrospective, creative inspiration and tribute. Missing in 1982, Grace of Monaco - who was the godmother of the launch of the brand Baby Dior in 1967 and inaugurated the first boutique avenue Montaigne - would have celebrated his 90th birthday this year.