Christian Dior has recently spread his beauty wings all the way to Paris once again! The legendary fashion designer re-introduces his first fragrance in a new exhibition titled "Miss Dior -- Espirit Dior" at the Grand Palais.
The popular fashion house has always been on the cutting edge of trends. The illustrious brand created a chypre (the French word for citrus, floral, woody, oakmoss, amber or musk notes) scent - featuring blood orange, a heart full of Tunisian neroli and Bulgarian damask rose, mixed with Indonesian patchouli and other ingredients - called Miss Dior in 1947. Paying homage to Dior and their first perfume, the exhibit was also designed to honor Christian's sister, Catherine, who the scent was created for 65 years ago.
The show's curator, Herve Mikaeloff, explained the show inspired by the iconic label and fragrance. "It is also an homage to Christian Dior's sister, Catherine Dior, [who was in the Resistance] and deported during the Second World War and who has become a muse for the artists who worked on the codes of Miss Dior and the fragrance," said Mikaeloff, according to Women's Wear Daily.
The multidisciplinary show features the large-scale works of 15 female contemporary artists, who were given carte blanche during the creative process.
One of our favorite contributions is a black and white film by Iranian photographer and filmmaker, Shirin Neshat, starring Miss Dior herself, Natalie Portman. Neshat's movie shows the actress in an old house and on a deserted beach in several blurry images, with music composed by Johnny Azari.
The show also features rare photographs and some gorgeous ensembles, running the gamut from his haute couture of decades ago to the dresses that Dior's current women's designer, Raf Simons created for Portman.
Viewers can see everything from painting, to sculpture, to installations. Each work is accompanied by a reference to Miss Dior, mentioning a specific feature or aspect about the fragrance that inspired the piece of art. The artists refer to the scent's name, bottle or houndstooth packaging as muses.
The exhibit runs until Nov. 25. Digging Dior's inaugural fragrance? Are you happy to see the world of art and scents meet once again? Check out Portman's Miss Dior commercial and tell us with a note below!
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