Christian Dior and hats

Diamonds are a girl’s best friendbut not only, at least for Mr. Dior. To share the supremacy, for the designer, hats “essential in any look” and capable of “expressing the personality” of the wearer more than any other accessory. An essential reference in the Dior style for more than seven decades, the hat is at the center of the new exhibition set up from today May 14 to October 30 at the Christian Dior museum in Granville entitled Dior hats, the art of hats from Christian Dior to Stephen Jones. The protagonists of the retrospective are nearly 200 models closely linked to the brand’s haute couture outfits: then, photographs, sketches, works of art and other archival documents, all to celebrate the art of the hat tout court and the vision of the designer who made headgear a benchmark of French haute couture.

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After paying homage to the rose, queen of flowers so much appreciated by Christian Dior, the Granville museum is devoting its exhibition for the 2022 season to the art of the hat (open until October 30, more info on the official website MuséeDiorGranville.com ed). Focus on the creations of Christian Dior, who fell in love at an early age with the feathered hats worn by mother Madeleine Dior and “driven by his ambition to revisit the Belle Époque”. The exhibition then continues with the most emblematic hats made by the house over the years: Venetian masks by Yves Saint Laurent, toques by Marc Bohan, via veils by Gianfranco Ferré and extravagant packaging by John Galliano, to arrive at the celebration of the graphics of Raf Simons and the romanticism of Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Christian Dior and hats

For Christian Dior, “the hat is the best way to express your personality”

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It is no coincidence that the Atelier Mode Dior, entirely dedicated to the creation of hats, has remained active throughout the seven decades of the house’s history, even if this type of activity has disappeared in many Haute Couture houses. To bring it to life in a masterful way, Stephen Jones, one of the most illustrious milliners of our time, took over as head of this department in 1996. For Jones, the hat is a veritable portable sculpture, freed from all utilitarian constraints, and “the expression identical to optimism”. Whether it’s a beret, a fascinator or a boater, the result does not change: the hat is the finishing touch and the exclamation point of all Dior looks from 1947 to today. .

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