Dec 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris’ Grand Palais is paying homage to Miss Dior, the house of Dior’s first fragrance created by Monsieur Christian Dior in 1947, which has become as much a symbol of the storied house as a myth. By preserving the strong ties that have always united the fragrance to the world of Art, the house of Dior has invited 15 female artists from around the world to draw inspiration from this legendary perfume and its iconography. By showcasing its lasting symbols such as the perfume’s signature bottle, its houndstooth pattern, and the embellished bow, these imaginative works immerse the viewer into the history of the illustrious house. Iranian film director Shirin Neshat chose to feature a black and white film, using the face of the perfume, Natalie Portman, as the ultimate heroine, while designer Nika Zupanc created an installation of a room, entirely inspired by the bottle’s bow and the writer Virginia Woolf. The show also provides documents and photos, retracing Christian Dior’s influences and friends such as Man Ray and Salvatore Dali, as well as the brand’s storied DNA. There are dazzling vintage bottles, as well as the red « Concerto » dress (1957) as well as the latest creations by Raf Simons, the current artistic director of the house. —Cassi Bryn Michalik
November 13-25, 2013
Photos courtesy of Dior
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