Beloved by women the world over, Dior became the designer of choice to Hollywood celebrities, most notably Marlene Dietrich who was a fan and customer from his earliest days. She was also a personal friend to the designer and bought a house close to his to be near him. She refused to star in Alfred Hitchcock’s film Stage Fright unless Dior was hired as her costume designer saying “ No Dior, no Dietrich” and of course she had her way and Dior has ever since been one of the most desired couturiers of the beautiful, rich and famous.
The exhibition will showcase a rare collection of outfits, some 50 glittering and glamorous gowns, worn by actresses including Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and Rita Hayworth designed by Christian Dior himself and the House of Dior which evolved and continued the great man’s work after his death in 1957. There are storyboards, film clippings, rare archive footage, telegrams from famous stars, newspaper cuttings and much more plus the wonderful home and gardens where a legend developed his style.
Catch the exhibition at the Villa “Les Rhumbs” at Granville in Normandy for the summer only. See the Dior Museum website for more details.