Modern Romance: Creations Inspired by a Dior Classic
I was invited last week to create a soundscape and to deejay for the Esprit Dior, Miss Dior exhibition opening at Galerie Courbe of the iconic Grand Palais in Paris. Created in 1947 by visionary Monsieur Christian Dior, Miss Dior was the first fragrance developed by a fashion house to reflect women’s elegance and sophistication. To celebrate the DNA of Miss Dior, the Parisian fashion house has given carte blanche to fifteen contemporary female artists such as Joana Vasconcelos, Carla Mattii, Carole Benzaken, and Liang Yuanwei to create artworks based on their own visions of Miss Dior. Curated by Hervé Mikaeloff, an independent art consultant who works regularly with LVMH Group, the exhibition not only features an elegant homage to Dior’s heritage, but also showcases the modernity of a contemporary brand.
I was astonished by the beauty of each installation when I walked in for the preview. But what truly caught my attention was the mezzanine level of the exhibition. Discreetly tucked onto a different level, a selection of the private collection of Christian Dior (who used to own a gallery in Paris before becoming a fashion designer) was on display. A Jean Buffet with a Giacometti mixed in with a Salvador Dalí sculpture—the exhibition really gives us an insight into Monsieur Dior’s pioneering connection to the art world.
Esprit Dior, Miss Dior is a free exhibition and is open to public until November 25.
For more information, visit http://www.grandpalais.fr/.
Photos: Courtesy of Mimi Xu