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Dior presents “the art of the hat” at a new exhibition in France

The hat, an essential reference in the Dior style for more than seven decades, is at the center of the new exhibition at the Christian Dior museum in Granville, France, from May 14 to October 30. Nearly 200 models will be presented, alongside haute couture dresses. , photographs and other archival documents, to celebrate the art of hats, from Christian Dior to the famous British milliner Stephen Jones.

After paying homage to the rose, a flower dear to Christian Dior, the Granville museum is devoting its 2022 season show to the hat, or more precisely to the art of the hat. If for some the headgear is only a detail in a look, the hat is considered an essential accessory of the feminine toilet for the great couturier who raises it to the rank of reference in the Dior style, but also in French haute couture and international fashion. .

In addition to presenting a host of models that have marked the history of the fashion house, the exhibition will allow visitors to understand the importance of this accessory in the Dior house.

Entitled “Hats Dior: The Art of the Hat from Christian Dior to Stephen Jones”, the exhibition begins by exploring Christian Dior’s relationship with hats, whether through his first vocation as a milliner or the feathered hats worn by his mother, Madeleine Dior, who undoubtedly influenced her work. In total, visitors will discover nearly 200 hats. These unfold in a larger dialogue with twenty haute couture dresses, as well as dozens of fashion photographs and beauty advertisements on the subject of hat art.

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But, since the exhibition covers seven decades of history – from 1947 to 2020 – it also touches on the work of the great couturier’s successors, from the modernism of Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan and Gianfranco Ferré, to the feminist touch of Maria Grazia Chiuri. and John Galliano’s exotic hats. The exhibition notes how these designers have revisited the themes most dear to Christian Dior, such as gardens or masculine-feminine chic.

The final part of this event celebrates Stephen Jones, the famous milliner to the stars, emphasizing his 25 years of expertise as creative director of Dior hats. This section of the exhibition will feature dozens of hat sketches, research papers, fashion magazine clippings and even tools from the Dior Haute Mode atelier, most of which come from the top milliner’s personal archive.

The exhibition “Dior hats, the art of hats from Christian Dior to Stephen Jones” will run from May 14 to October 30, 2022, at the Christian Dior Museum in Granville, France.

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