Exhibition to Pair Christian Dior Designs with Impressionist Masterpieces

Exhibition to Pair Christian Dior Designs with Impressionist Masterpieces
(l-r) Edgar Degas, "The Ball," 1879 (detail), Christian Dior dresses on exhibit, Marie Bracquemond, "Three Women with Parasols," 1880 (detail)

On May 4, Christian Dior will kick off a summer-long garden party at its museum in Granville, France. A genre-crossing retrospective titled "Impressions Dior" will pair the house’s prettiest springtime frocks with Impressionist paintings on loan from the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Marmottan Monet, and more.

Mirroring the light-kissed whelk pinks of Edgar Degas' dance studios and the flowery pastoralism of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s landscapes, curator Florence Müller handpicked some 70 Dior gowns that capture the aesthetic inherencies of the Impressionist era. Pieces span from as far back as Mr. Dior’s early designs to late-2000’s editions of John Galliano’s defiant pomp.

 

The show overlaps with an Impressionist festival in nearby Normandy, and will also boast its own Rizzoli-published hardcover book. An added alignment? A custom-made “perfume path” through Granville’s sure-to-be-resplendent gardens, come spring’s final thaw. The exhibition is scheduled to run through September 22.