Dior's Iconic 'New Look' is on Display at His Childhood Home
For 2015, the Musée Christian Dior announced an exhibit dedicated to the archetypal silhouette from the coutourier's first collection.
On a cliff facing the Channel Islands in Granville, Normandy sits a charming pink house surrounded by manicured greenery and peppered with fuchsia and white flowers. Though it appears to be a home out of a chic, French version of Candyland, here is the childhood home of Christian Dior, now a museum dedicated to the couturier.
Through its doors, the Musée Christian Dior will house an exhibit devoted to the New Look, Dior’s iconic first collection, which was shown in Paris in 1947 and defined by the Bar suit—an ensemble feauturing a cinched waist and a full, calf-length skirt. At the time it was, well, quite a new look with its yards and yards of luxurious material (a post-war rarity) and emphasized feminine shape. Since then, the famous silhouette has played a massive role in womenswear and has taken on much iteration. Dior, The New Look Revolution, curated by fashion historian Florence Müller, will pay homage to the silhouette with photographs, archives, and variations of the look, including a horsehair skirt designed by the fashion house’s current creative director, Raf Simons.
Dior, the New Look Revolution’ runs from June 6 to November 1, 2015 at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville Villa les Rhumbs, Rue d’Estouteville, Granville, Normandy.