Granville, Musee Christian Dior

May 13 through September 26, 2010
Villa Les Rhumbs, 50400 Granville, France
+33 2 33 61 48 21
www.musee-dior-granville.com

Villa "Les Rhumbs", Christian Dior's childhood home in Granville, France, is a Belle Epoque style 19th century clifftop villa overlooking the sea, which is now the only official museum dedicated to the designer and his fashion house. Alongside its permanent collection of haute couture is the museum’s latest temporary exhibition, Le Grand Bal Dior.

Showcasing over 50 ball gowns from the time of Mr. Dior’s first creations right up until the present, the exhibition explores the house of Dior’s intimate relationship with some of the most important black tie events on the international calendar, as well as the fashion brand’s own galas.

Highlights of the dresses on display include one of Mr. Dior’s signature gowns worn by the Marquise of Portago to the Goya Ball in Biarritz, 1951, as well as those worn by Lauren Bush and Lily Cole to the Bal de Debutantes in more recent years. Some of John Galliano’s most celebrated couture pieces are also on show, such as the Lina dress from the Dior Spring/Summer 1997 collection and the dress called “Milana Bogolepova inspired by Van Dyck” from Dior’s Autumn/Winter 2007/08 collection.

As well as the ball gowns, Le Grand Bal Dior also looks at the inspiration of Mr. Dior, from the grand balls held in his home town of Granville to his discovery of Paris. With gardens designed as an English landscape park by Madeleine Dior, the fashion designer's mother, a visit to Musee Christian Dior makes a splendid day trip from Paris for fans of fashion.