The Musée Christian Dior in Granville, located in the couturier’s childhood home, is presenting a stunning exhibition entitled Dior, The New Look Revolution. This return to sources explores the designer’s original inspirations and illustrates the invention of a revolutionary new style.
With its assertive curves and clean lines, the New Look style accentuated waists like never before. When Christian Dior presented it for his first haute couture collection in 1947, it triggered an exciting revolution. And the icon of this revolution was the silhouette of the Bar suit, with rounded tails that followed the curves of the bust over a long flared pleated skirt. The exhibition Dior, The New Look Revolution, curated by Florence Müller, retraces the trajectory of the Bar suit, from the timeless design to a mythic modern-day icon, drawing on archive documents and photographs, as well as contemporary Dior creations inspired by the New Look vision. The storied adventure is also recounted in a book with the same title published in conjunction with the exhibition by Rizzoli, with text by Laurence Benaïm.
To celebrate the event and pay tribute to the creative genius of its founder, Dior shot its Fall/Winter 2015-2016 campaign around the Granville family home. Raf Simons’ animal-inspired prints and long thigh boots molding like a second skin are captured against the rocky Normandy cliffs that marked Monsieur Dior’s childhood.