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Step through the doors of La Galerie Dior and immediately be swept away by a riot of colour and timeless elegance. The impressive three-story-high display, surrounding the white spiral staircase, holds a rainbow collection of miniature dresses, suits, handbags, shoes, and hats. It’s spellbinding.
But what follows is pure magic.
La Galerie Dior, which just opened in March 2022, has thirteen thematic rooms with ultra-modern staging. Each one invokes an ambience in the spirit of Haute Couture, femininity, beauty and infinite grace while recounting the personal and creative history of Christian Dior and his six successive designers: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Sketches, archival documentation and exquisite dresses tell the history of the House of Dior. You’re standing right where it all began, where Christian Dior’s creative ideas came to life. His office and the models’ dressing room underline the authenticity of the space.
La Galerie Dior creates an intimacy with Christian Dior’s efforts to capture the spirit of women and reveal “women’s secret aspirations.”
Each room evokes a different feel – from the gardens, the little black dresses with a Paris backdrop, the videos of runway models, and the shimmering sound and light show.
“Make me a perfume that smells like love,” declared Christian Dior. In 1947 the iconic floral-scented fragrance Miss Dior was born.
At La Galerie Dior, ribbons are perfectly tied on exquisite bottles of Miss Dior and J’adore. Float away with a sample in hand.
“No Dior, no Dietrich!” declared Marlene Dietrich to director Alfred Hitchcock in 1950 before the filming of Stage Fright. Watch a series of movie clips at La Galerie Dior showing great female actresses, such as Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, and Marilyn Monroe in their Christian Dior splendour
“Whatever you do – for work or for pleasure – do it with passion! Live with passion…” Christian Dior
La Galerie Dior is a stunner. Visually it hits all the high notes but it’s the unexpected emotional impact that will leave you dazzled.
La Galerie Dior: Practical Information
Location: 11 rue François Ier, Paris 8ème – right around the corner from the flagship Christian Dior store at 30 avenue Montaigne
Hours: Except Tuesdays from 11:00 to 7:00; closed January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th.
Reservations: Reserve your spot here. You can line up and enter without a reservation but be prepared to wait
Café Dior located inside La Galerie Dior (at the end of the exhibitions) is open from 11:30 to 6:30
I hope you enjoy discovering La Galerie Dior as much as I did!
Until next time,
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