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On May 9, Dior inaugurated the Château de la Colle Noire, Christian Dior’s former residence. Following renovation work that began in 2013, the designer and perfumer’s cherished home comes back to life, just as he had imagined it in the 1950s.
The Château de la Colle Noire is located in Montauroux, a village near Grasse in the region that inspired Christian Dior to craft his most beautiful fragrances. He took refuge in the area during the Occupation, and in 1951, when he was at the height of his career, Christian Dior purchased the Château de la Colle Noire.
The magnificent property, which spans several hundred hectares, became the designer’s haven of peace when he decided to leave the fashion runways behind and seek out nature in Provence. Little by little, Monsieur Dior transformed the château into a place for living, creating, art and entertaining friends. He decorated all the rooms with the refinement for which he is renowned, and devoted himself to the creation of a grandiose garden.
Christian Dior had a passion for plants. He planted entire flowerbeds of fragrance flowers such as roses, jasmine and lavandin, as well as olive trees, vines and other crops, which he took great pleasure in tending to himself. He decorated his Garden of Eden with a reflecting pool, an immense basin designed to recall the garden of “Les Rhumbs”, his childhood home in Granville. He enjoyed his garden up to his untimely death in 1957.
In 2013, the Château de la Colle Noire once again became the property of the House of Dior, which set out to restore the property to the condition it was in during Monsieur Dior’s life. With the aid of landscape gardeners and decorators, Dior brought life back to the castle’s rooms as well as to its gardens, replanting the designer-perfumer’s favorite flowers.
The opening party for this exceptional place took place on May 9, attended by celebrities including actress Charlize Theron, the former prima ballerina and director of the Opéra de Paris Aurélie Dupont, model Bella Hadid and musician Benjamin Biolay.