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The Spirit of Dior 「 “エスプリ ディオール” クリスチャン・ディオールの世界 / 銀座」

Haute Couture Maison Christian Dior is holding “Esprit Dior”, a stunning exhibition in Ginza until  January 4th, 2015.

The exhibition explores different themes: The Dior Garden, From Pink To Red, Stars in Dior, The Dior Allure, Dior and Japan and The Dior Ateliers, among others, displaying haute couture dresses from the Christian Dior era to recent ones. All the beautiful photos are by Patrick Demarchelier and it also features a selection of artworks by contemporary local and international artists.

The Dior Allure. Christian Dior unveiled his first collection in 1947.  The unique silhouette he launched on that day revolutionised the fashion world, with its cinched waist, accentuated hips and emphasised bust. The natural curves of the female body were stylised, the body itself idealised and glorified… The Dior myth was born. (Extract from the Exhibition catalogue)

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Dior and his artist friends. Dior was close to Cocteau, Bérard, Dali and many others artists. The House of Dior has remained faithful to his memory and maintained close ties to the world of art, as illustrated by the coat designed by John Galliano for the Spring-Summer 2007 collection that pays tribute to Hokusai (Extract from the Exhibition catalogue)

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Dior and Japan. The land of the rising sun had held a fascination for Christian Dior ever since his childhood and always stirred his imagination.  He admired Japanese culture and the way it embodied both respect for tradition and a sense of modernity. (Extract from the Exhibition catalogue)

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The Dior Garden.”The garden that watched over my childhood” was how Christian Dior described the one surrounding his family’s villa at Granville in Normandy. Once he became a couturier, he dreamed of filling the world with “flower women” who would be admired for their “soft shoulders, ample busts, nipped waists and skirts as wide as corollas.” His own collection and those of his successors continually revisit this ode to flowers (Extract from the Exhibition catalogue)

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J’Adore, celebrates absolute, modern and liberated femininity in style.  Inspired by the vision of a luminous and abundant bouquet, composed of the most beautiful flowers, cultivate to perfection in the world’s richest soils. (Extract from the Exhibition catalogue)

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“The exhibition intends to immerse the visitor in the world of the House of Dior and the magical spirit developed from 1947 to today by its founder Christian Dior and his successors,” said Florence Muller, curator of the exhibition.

Art, architecture, perfumes, jewellery are all fundamental to the Dior spirit.  Just walk around this amazing “Esprit Dior” exhibition and feel the essence of Christian Dior’s unique vision and see the vibrance and elegance of his designs.

The Grand Dior Ball.  Festivities were a constant source of fascination for Christian Dior, as a venue for play, dreamlike celebration, supreme elegance, and civilised human interaction. (Extract from the Exhibition catalogue)

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A beautiful Dior Library for the visitors…

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 Lady Dior as seen by… local and international contemporary artists. In 1995 the Lady Dior handbag was born. Mythical and modern, the Lady Dior has inspired the greatest artists of the world over.  Photographers, visual artists, video artists, and leading film directors have taken the story of the mysterious Lady Dior, to the capital cities of the world. (Extract from the Exhibition catalogue)

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“Hollow flaming black bag” by Motohiko Odani (cast iron – top left), “Botanical Lady Dior” by Makoto Azuma (powder of an artificial thing – top right), “Lady Bomb” by Erdal Duman (steel metal neon paint – bottom left) and “The Wandaful Bag” by Wanda (paper, thread and acrylic – bottom right)

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“Surface of Lady Dior” by Kengo Kito (acrylic mirror, acrylic board, LED, metal – top left), “Pixcell Bag” by Kohei Nawa (Glass beads on Python handbag – top right)  “Waiting for Awakening – Lady Dior” by Aiko Miyanaga (naphthalene, mixed media – bottom left) “Untitled” by Nicolas Milhe (Epoxy, resin, paint, lead – bottom right)

The Dior Ateliers. The couturier’s initial sketches become “toiles”, the cotton canvas sample garments made by the Flou (Dressmaking) and Tailleur (Tailoring) ateliers.  These are then submitted to the artistic director, who oversees all modifications to achieve the perfect design, before finally narrowing down the selection of fabrics to be used. (Extract from the Exhibition catalogue)

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Esprit Dior” exhibition is exquisite, perfectly curated and beautiful lit and staged.  If you are in town, don’t miss it!

 

“After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world.” –Christian Dior

“A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” – Christian Dior

“Simplicity, good taste and grooming are the three fundamentals of good dressing and these do not cost money.”Christian Dior

 

Esprit Dior” : TAMAYA AS Building, 3-5-8 Ginza (right next to the Apple Store in Ginza), Closest Station: Ginza, ENDS January 4th, 2015.  Free Entrance. Photography allowed as long as you don’t use flash.

All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!

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