How You Wear Topshop: Monochrome – Topshop

We love how you wear Topshop! That’s why we always keep a close eye on #topshopstyle to see which pieces you’re loving and how you’re styling them. This week, we’ve noticed you wearing lots of our black and white styles. Get inspired by our top picks below, and don’t forget to share your styleStyle is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one. for the chance to be featured next time…

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http://www.topshop.com/blog/2017/08/wear-topshop-monochrome

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The Latest Cult Streetwear Brand To Make A Comeback – Topshop

It doesn’t get much cooler than quintessentially British street-styleStyle is a manner of doing or presenting things, especially a fashionable one. favourite Reebok. Are you a fan? Then we’ve got some good news: the iconic label has just dropped a collection inspired by ‘90s sportswear at Topshop. Keep scrolling to discover the best pieces you can shop right now – including the signature shell suit, hooded waterproofs and logo sweats…

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http://www.topshop.com/blog/2017/08/latest-cult-streetwear-brand-make-comeback

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Why You Need To Visit Gothenburg, Sweden – Topshop

Thinking of travelling to Scandinavia? Go beyond the obvious Stockholm or Copenhagen and visit Gothenburg. Not only is the Swedish city beautiful and easy to explore by either foot or bike, it’s also defined by its rich cultural scene, sustainable ethos and design-led aesthetic. Sold? Here’s what you need to know about Gothenburg…..
To stay: Scandic Europa
Located directly opposite the central station, Scandic Europa Hotel is ideal for easy connections around the city and to the airport. Complete with cool interior design, a pool and an extensive breakfast buffet, it’s your easiest choice for a long weekend in town.
To discover: The music scene
Gothenburg is known as Sweden’s music hub, having influenced the national industry from the time of jazz to punk and contemporary artists today. To learn more about the music scene, visit the Gothenburg City Museum for exhibitions focused on local artists. Gothenburg is also host to the popular music festival Way Out West, which had headliners Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean.
To eat: Cinnamon buns
You can’t visit Sweden without having at least one cinnamon bun. You’ll find the best ones at da Matteo – a small bakery and café in the Victoria passage, where you’ll also discover some great interior designDesign is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit diagrams and sewing patterns).[1] Design has different connotations in different fields (see design disciplines below). In some cases the direct construction of an object (as in pottery, engineering, management, cowboy coding and graphic design) is also considered to be design. and stationery boutiques.
To do: Flea market by the pier
Go to one of Gothenburg’s many Sunday flea markets to really immerse yourself in the Swedish culture and meet people from the area. There is one directly by the pier, with views of the opera house, and locals selling unique second-hand pieces.
To hang out: heyday coffee
With its pink interior, a small boutique upfront and silver balloons dangling from the ceiling, heyday is the most Instagram-worth coffee shop in the city. Trust us, you’ll love it.
To browse: Market hall
The Stora Saluhallen is a market hall where you’ll find everything from Swedish specialities to teas and fresh vegetables. Sit down and have lunch at one of the stalls in the gorgeous setting.
To take away: Bunches flowers
Walking around town, you’ll see loads of people carrying stunning floral bouquets wrapped in brown paper bags – and we found out where they are from so you don’t have to. The florist is called “Bunches” and has two shops located in the heart of Gothenburg’s shoppingShopping is an activity in which a customer browses the available goods or services presented by one or more retailers with the intent to purchase a suitable selection of them. In some contexts it may be considered a leisure activity as well as an economic one. area.

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http://www.topshop.com/blog/2017/08/need-visit-gothenburg-sweden

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Style Evolution: Jennifer Lawrence – Topshop

Academy Award-winning actor Jennifer Lawrence turns 27 today! To celebrate her birthday, we’re taking a look back at her style through the years. From one of her first red carpet appearances in 2008 to her stunning Dior gown at the 2013 Oscars, keep scrolling for her best style moments…

2008
Jennifer Lawrence made her red carpet debut at the The Burning Plain premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, where she wore a bright-blue silk dress and dangling diamond necklace.
2009
At a party in 2009, Jennifer opted for a silver one-shouldered taffeta dressA dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment)., black clutch bag and dark-red lips.
2011
In 2010, Jennifer received her first Oscars nod for the drama Winter’s Bone – she was still relatively unknown at the time. On the red carpet she looked stunning in a simple red Calvin Klein dress.
2012
2012 was undoubtedly JLaw’s breakout year. Her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games series catapulted her into mainstream media and she quickly gained popularity thanks to her bubbly personality and non-conformist approach to Hollywood’s beauty standards.
2013
Jennifer won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013, making her the second youngest Best Actress Oscar winner ever. To accept her award, she wore a sleeveless off-white gown by Christian Dior – which famously tripped on up the steps to the stage.
2014
As well as another Oscar nomination for American Hustle, Jennifer also had notable success as a singer in 2014. Her song “The Hanging Tree” from the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 charted internationally. As the face of Dior, she also wore the brand for most of her public appearances.
2015
Yet another Oscar nomination and the release of the last The Hunger Games instalment defined 2015 for Jennifer. Her wardrobe throughout the year was made up of feminine dresses and lots of tailoring.
2016
In 2016, Jennifer starred in Passengers alongside Chris Pratt. Whereas her main choice for the red carpet remained Dior, her personal style was a lot more laid-back and grungy.
2017
Today, Jennifer Lawrence is the world’s highest paid actress and her style choices have become a lot more daring – as seen in this combination of cropped jeans, logo bralet, kitten heels and choker necklace front row at a Christian Dior show.

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http://www.topshop.com/blog/2017/08/style-evolution-jennifer-lawrence

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AN ITALIAN STYLE LESSON WITH THE TORDINI SISTERS – H&M

Giorgia and Giulia Tordini (and their little sister Greta) were born into fashion. Growing up, their father Piero Tordini – then a shoe designer and fashion entrepreneur – would bring his daughters with him on buying trips and fashion shows. Nowadays, the family runs Milan showroom Marcona 3, a space dedicated to Italian designDesign is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit diagrams and sewing patterns).[1] Design has different connotations in different fields (see design disciplines below). In some cases the direct construction of an object (as in pottery, engineering, management, cowboy coding and graphic design) is also considered to be design. to which Giulia Tordini has lent her skills in web design. Giorgia is also following in her family’s footsteps: last year she launched fashion line Attico together with fellow Italian It-girl Gilda Ambrosio.

And as veteran street style stars, it is safe to say that the sisters have grown in to fashion icons themselves. Photographer Adam Katz Sinding managed to catch both Giulia and Giorgia in Milan, where they styled and modeled their current H&M favorites.

WHO IS YOUR STYLE ICON?
GIORGIA: “I have many muses from the past; Bianca Jagger, Veruschka, Jane Birkin and Charlotte Rampling are my favorites. I admire their style and attitude. They all have in common that they were very stylish, strong women, whose unique and distinctive look made an impact.”
GIULIA: “Sophia Loren.”

WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE STYLE?
GIORGIA: “Minimal, classic, timeless.”
GIULIA : “Effortless yet feminine.”
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNER?
GIULIA: “Dolce & Gabbana. I love the way they express the Italian spirit and how they stick to our Italian roots. Every time you see one of their ads or runway shows you really feel the passion and the joy behind their art.”
GIORGIA: “Yves Saint Laurent. I’m especially passionate about the collections from the 1970s, when Yves Saint Laurent was alive and still creating his own collections. He had an incredible and unique vision. I buy a lot of vintage YSL pieces – sometimes when I’m vintage shopping I find myself selecting his pieces without even looking at the label. YSL is like a magnet to me!”

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH?
GIORGIA: “New York, my city. I have traveled around the world, but NYC has a unique energy and magic to it. Life in the city is a roller coaster – sometimes you madly hate it, sometimes you deeply love it. But it’s just my happy place.”
GIULIA : “Choosing one place is difficult. I’m very fascinated by New York: thanks to my sister, who has always conveyed her love for this sleepless city. I feel a strong bond to the Big Apple. On the other hand, I was born by the sea, so naturally I feel very connected to islands as well, especially Favignana [southern Italy], where I go at least twice a year.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD?
GIORGIA: “Definitely Italian food. Simple and delicious.”
GIULIA: “The Italian Masterpiece: ‘spaghetti al pomodoro e basilico.’”

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO LOOK?
GIULIA: “A flowy mini dress.”
GIORGIA: “High-waisted skinny jeans, a t-shirt and booties. Doesn’t matter the season, this is how I feel the most comfortable and myself.”

WHY IS FASHION IMPORTANT?
GIORGIA: “It’s important to me because fashion is what I do and what I love doing. Since I launched my brand Attico, my life has changed so much. But I never feel it’s work. It’s a continuous challenge and an everyday lesson – my job inspires me every day.”
GIULIA: “I was born into a family where fashion has always been around, so I grew up with it being an essential part of my life.”

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN HISTORY, WHAT FASHION ERA WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE IN?
GIULIA: “The roaring 20s, without a doubt.”
GIORGIA: “The ’70s are definitely my favorite period in terms of culture and style. Not only do I love the fashion from that time, but also the architecture, interior decoration, design and general aesthetic.”

WHAT ITEM WOULD YOU NEVER PART FROM?
GIULIA: “A family ring that my dad gave me and my two sisters, symbolizing sisterhood.”
GIORGIA: “A good tailored blazer – the perfect item to complete every look. It goes perfectly on top of everything: whether it’s a dress, a pair of pants or a skirt. It’s my passe-partout item.”

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD?
GIULIA: “A ballerina.”
GIORGIA: “A ballerina.”

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY FASHION PLEASURE?
GIORGIA: “Shoes.”
GIULIA: “Shoes!”

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET?
GIULIA: “God.”
GIORGIA: “Helmut Newton.”

WHAT DO YOU NEED RIGHT NOW?
GIORGIA: “Vacation.”
GIULIA: “Spaghetti al pomodoro e basilico.”

WHAT IS YOUR LATEST BEAUTY DISCOVERY?
GIULIA: “Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment.”
GIORGIA: “Arval Sun Times for a perfect tan.”

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http://www.hm.com/us/magazine/fashion/everyday-icon/2017/07/an-italian-style-lesson-with-the-tordini-sisters

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WHY AVIATORS ARE YOUR FACE’S BEST FRIEND – H&M

The aviator sunglasses came to be in the early 1900s, when pilots began flying so high that their eyes risked freezing if they didn’t protect them from icy blasts and temperatures around minus 60 Fahrenheit. With leather overalls and heavy hoods, a pair of fur-lined, drop-shaped goggles were an absolute must for the aircraft pioneers.

In 1920, American aviator Shorty Schroeder became the first man to fly a biplane over 38,100 feet, but his record-setting flight came close to ending in disaster – because of his glasses. The pair fogged up and Schroeder had no choice but to take them off mid-flight, making his vision blurry and his eyes frozen, and leaving him basically blind thousands of feet above land. Luckily he managed to land his biplane, but his eyes were damaged. After the incident, another pilot, John Macready, decided to try the stunt himself, also depending fully on the goggles to defend his vision. Macready’s eyes didn’t freeze, instead his eyes were injured by the bright rays of sun up in the stratosphere.
Back on solid ground, the pilot began working together with the optical company Bausch & Lomb to create glasses that could shield better from the rays. Macready provided the companyA company is an association or collection of individuals, whether natural persons, legal persons, or a mixture of both. Company members share a common purpose and unite in order to focus their various talents and organize their collectively available skills or resources to achieve specific, declared goals. with the shape and fit, and they developed the glass. In 1936, Ray-Bans – as the brand trademarked them – were introduced to the world, sold as sporting equipment and advertised for fishing and golfing. Their sleek teardrop design and protective glass made them iconic, and they were the shades of choice for American troops during World War II, perhaps most famously worn by General Douglas MacArthur.

When the war ended, the aviators had already become mainstream. The timeless design is one of the most replicated in the world, and the style is basically synonymous with sunglasses.

Aviators are effortlessly cool and will make anyone – regardless of age or style – look cooler. They’re loved by actors like Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, and always seen on icons like Hunter S. Thompson and Gloria Steinem. Today, we’re celebrating the shades by sharing our H&M favorites in the listing below. Browse and get a pair if you need to protect your eyes from sun rays or wind, and look like a star doing it!

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http://www.hm.com/us/magazine/fashion/the-item/2017/08/why-aviators-are-your-faces-best-friend

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EXPLORING CORSICA WITH LULAMA WOLF – H&M

When South African artist Lulama Wolf arrives at an unfamiliar place, she wastes no time lying by the pool or watching Netflix in a hotel room.

“First I explore the room I’m in, then I go outside to see the view and the coast, then I find a spot to eat. When I get to a restaurant, I find out what the locals love to eat and drink, and order exactly that. Usually – on the first night – I go to sleep early to have energy for the next day. Because on the second day I get up early and go everywhere I think is cool. Before I travel I talk to people who’ve been to the place before, and whose opinions I trust.”

We joined Lulama Wolf on Corsica, a scenic island in the Mediterranean known for its massive mountains, secluded beaches and a cuisine that’s a mix between Italian and French. It’s also the birthplace of Napoleon, which is evident everywhere in Corsica’s biggest city Ajaccio. It’s a big town with narrow roads and grand buildings that – for brief seconds – can make you think you’re in Paris.

“My first impression was that Corsica looked a lot like home. The mountains, the greenery, and the long drives to get to places remind me a lot of South Africa. Then I got to Ajaccio. I’ve never seen roads that narrow before, and I love how the community hangs their washing out, it’s genius. It looks like they’re hanging on imaginary lines,” she says as she walks down the town streets wearing a white linen blouse, olive pants and an orange bikini top.

“I love wearing linen. Linen pants, linen shirts, linen everything. But really anything that feels light on my skin,” she says about her approach to summer dressing and continues: “linen makes me feel like I’m instantly on vacation, just like straw bags do. I’m obsessed with them.”

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SUMMER?
“Summer is when I was born! In South Africa, it’s a festive time to be born in the summerSummer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa.. If you’re born in summer, you’re born when it’s warm and when people aren’t at work. It’s the right time. Summer at home on my birthday is amazing.”

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO THIS TIME OF YEAR?
“The beach is always a great place to go in the summer. Also partying, but partying at spots that nobody knows about. Nice spots that have weird cocktails that no one would ever buy. Places where you can make anything, be anything. The spontaneity.”

WHAT KIND OF SWIMWEAR ARE YOU INTO?
“I like to wear swimsuits. Usually bikinis aren’t really my thing unless they have a high waist.”

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE WHEN YOU TRAVEL?
“First and foremost, I want to see the art. Then I want to see the clothing that they make, and I want to go to vintage stores to see what the people wore in the old days. I love seeing that. I always shy away from the tourist attractions. In Paris, I got lost because I was trying not to see the Eiffel tower. I don’t want to use my phone – I want to find my own way.”

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT CORSICA?
“The buildings and the small hints of color, the views, and the fact that they have flowers in the weirdest places. We have lots of mountains at home as well, but the sun sets so much later here, which feels so romantic for some reason. I feel like someone should propose to me here. I’m in France, but not in Paris, and on an island. It makes sense to fall in love here. Would you say no? No – you say ‘yes, yes baby.’”

WHO’S THE PERFECT TRAVEL COMPANION?
“My brother. He calms me down, he’s wise and he always has my best interests at heart. He’s a friend although we fight, but we’re family so it’s loving.”

IF YOU COULD ONLY PACK ONE THING – WHAT WOULD IT BE?
“Track pants.”

BACKPACKING OR RESORT?
“I’d like to try backpacking but luxury.”

POOL OR OCEAN?
“The ocean, of course.”

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http://www.hm.com/us/magazine/culture/travel/2017/06/exploring-corsica-with-lulama-wolf

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Galeries Lafayette to Celebrate Dior’s 70th Anniversary

The event, from Sept. 20 to Oct. 10, will include window displays, exclusive products and an exhibition of designs by the house’s founder.

MAPS TO THE STARS: Galeries Lafayette is marking the 70th anniversary of Christian Dior with a special event to coincide with Paris Fashion Week.

From Sept. 20 to Oct. 10, Dior will take over 11 window displays at the retailer’s Paris flagship on Boulevard Haussmann. In celebration of creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s blue-themed fall collection for the house, the store will offer 23 exclusive products.

It will also stage a show of original designsDesign is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawings, business processes, circuit diagrams and sewing patterns).[1] Design has different connotations in different fields (see design disciplines below). In some cases the direct construction of an object (as in pottery, engineering, management, cowboy coding and graphic design) is also considered to be design. by house founder Christian Dior, titled “I Feel Blue,” at its Galerie des Galeries exhibition space, in parallel with the expansive retrospective at Les Arts Décoratifs that runs until Jan. 7.

The exclusive products include mini Lady Dior bags embroidered with stars and the words “I Feel Blue.” A limited-edition navy silk scarf will feature a celestial map of star signs alongside the mention “Les 70 ans de Christian Dior,” or “The 70th Anniversary of Christian Dior.”

There are also embroidered booties, DiorSoRealPop sunglasses with blue mirrored lenses, a Rose des Vents bracelet set with a sapphire, and astrological candles, among other items. Dior was famously superstitious and often consulted an astrologer before taking important decisions.

The exhibition will feature 12 vintage outfits designed by the couturier, ranging from the navy wool Doris coat from his first collection in 1947 to the Billet Doux silk day dress with a rose motif from 1957, the year of his death.

“Among all the colors, navy blue is the only one that can ever compete with black; it has all the same qualities,” he once said.

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http://wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/dior-anniversary-galeries-lafayette-10956799/

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12 Foundations That Will Carry You From Summer Into Fall – Dior

The heat is on—and so is the pressure for a healthy summerSummer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. The date of the beginning of summer varies according to climate, tradition and culture, but when it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. glow that’ll last through fall. But before swirling on bronzer for added warmth, or dabbing highlighter along the cheekbones to catch the light, don’t forget to create a flawless canvas that can endure the season’s take-no-prisoners humidity. This, of course, means finding The One. The one foundation that evens things out, camouflages imperfections, smooths, and softens, yet nearly vanishes into skin with your desired finish. It’s a tall order, but there are a slew of formulas, both cutting-edge and classic, that can rise to the challenge.
For normal-to-oily facades that want a dewy veil without veering too greasy, Estée Lauder’s innovative Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick makes application on the go a cinch while depositing sheer yet robust pigment that still lets your skin show through. If you’re no doubt dealing with a high-shine complexion, look no further than Milk’s new oil-free Blur Liquid Matte Foundation, which takes blurring to the next level with a special microsphere technology that masks all imperfections with a featherweight feel. For those who want to add skin care to the mix, look to a mild-coverage BB cream like Dior Diorskin BB balm, which hydrates and brightens for instant luminosity. And if you want UV-ray protection (ahem, everybody) but without that unsavory white cast, Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Fusion Makeup Octinoxate with SPF 15 provides a full-spectrum UVA/UVB shield while serving as a nearly undetectable tinted primer. Here, 12 foundations you can confidently brave the sweltering temperatures in.

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http://www.vogue.com/article/best-foundation-for-summer-tinted-moisturizer-bb-cream

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School Of Christian Dior

Is it possible for the work of a fashionFashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers. artist to be reconstituted by a series of followers – after the original designer has left the stage?

From Van Gogh to Matisse and Picasso, it would be impossible to imagine a 19th or 20th-century artist whose work was taken over completely by someone else, as opposed to that vague description ‘school of’.

Even Damien Hirst, with his team of assistants, summed up the importance of life in artistic work in the title of his pickled shark in 1991: The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.

So how could Christian Dior, back in 1957, before his sudden and untimely disappearance at age 52, have imagined that his work – so personal, so tied up with artistic friends from his early years, so deeply and viscerally attached to his mother and her turn-of-the-century style – would generate a troop of six followers?

Some, like a young Yves Saint Laurent, the first replacement, went on to greater things. When Marc Bohan took over in 1960, he followed dutifully, if elegantly, for a long period in the founder’s footsteps. Gianfranco Ferré, who took over in 1989, was rooted in his own Italian grandeur. The British/ Gibraltarian John Galliano was a wild card, rarely playing by the Dior rules until he was drummed out in disgrace in 2011, while Belgian Raf Simons (2012 – 2015) struggled for just three years with his own instinctive minimalism in the shadow of the floral flourishes of Monsieur Dior.

And finally, now, Maria Grazia Chiuri has brought a strong whiff of forceful feminism as an unlikely link with the shy Christian, a mother’s boy.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (until 7 January 2018) aims to be an inexhaustible view of a designer brand with lasting power.

Yet it is only in the second half of this enormous tribute to the 70 years since the founding of the House of Dior that the six chosen acolytes are in full view, with displays of their designs with videos to bring them to life.

This sextet of those singing Dior’s aria comes to a crescendo in a mighty, high-ceilinged room – looking like a Christian church (pun intended). It is all white, suggesting a heavenly atelier of teams of hand workers, with famous les petites mains of today working on a rota that brings them in from the actual couture atelier on Paris’s Avenue Montaigne to work in the museum.

Who was Christian Dior – and why did he become a mythical fashion character, with his name more instantly recognisable than lofty Balenciaga and on a par in fame only with Mademoiselle Chanel?

“The Dior brand is so famous, everybody knows the name and they did even in his first ten years,” said Maria Grazia, “I found this unbelievable book and realised that in 1954, after only seven years, he offered it in different languages with projects from scarves and socks to perfume. I never knew that he was so worldwide and that gave me another point of view of the brand.”

At the Paris museum, which has never before devoted both sides of its nave to a single exhibition in its 112-year history, the curatorship is also divided in two between Olivier Gabet, the Director of the Arts Décoratifs, and Florence Müller, Curator of Textile Art and Fashion at the Denver Art Museum in America.

Gabet leant towards the artistic side.

“We wanted to show the universe of the Maison Dior and how his inspiration is extremely sophisticated and cultivated,” he said. “What is important is that you have everything at the same level – a piece of couture and a great painting. You have to put them on the same scale and you soon have this line of art. Even before Galliano imposed himself as an artist, Mr Dior had created a visual culture, including 18th-century painting, Surrealism and Art Nouveau.”

So the museum, on its left side as you walk in, is devoted more to art history than to the endlessly promoted ‘Bar’ jacket that kicks off the second part of the exhibition. That fitted jacket and flaring skirt is now so entrenched in the Dior history that Melania Trump turned up in a Maria Grazia version during the recent presidential visit to Paris.

The show starts with a curvy, full-skirted red Diablesse dress from 1947 and an informative but dull visual history of the founder, on loan from the Dior museum in his birthplace Granville, Normandy. But it soon comes to life as we are introduced to the young Christian Dior, who apparently ignored the family business of farm fertilisation (shown on an advertising poster from the pre-war era) and hung out instead with his arty friends who included Christian Bérard, Georges Braque, Jean Cocteau and even Pablo Picasso himself.

Dior’s father gave him money for investment on the condition that the family name was not included in the title of his art gallery. And although this dilettante period came to an abrupt end with the beginning of the Depression era, the museum has devoted a room to modernist art linked to Christian’s own statement, “We were just a simple gathering of painters, writers, musicians and designers under the aegis of Jean Cocteau and Max Jacob.”

Alongside these pieces are other signs of fashion encompassing art in connection to photographers. They include Cecil Beaton’s 1951 photograph of a luscious young Princess Margaret and the famous Richard Avedon Dovima with Elephants, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, August 1955. These are displayed as digital projections which then fade to show the actual dresses behind.

Fine art, interspersed with vignettes of Dior’s creations and those from the later designers are interspersed with ‘Colouramas’. They are visions, actual size or petite, of clothes and accessories, including distinctive high heeled shoes, displayed to promote a single colour. The result is both charming and artistic.

Significantly, the clothes from the later designers at Dior are within this introductory area. They are deliberately selected to fit in to the earlier Christian themes. This applies in particular to examples of the founder’s love of gardens and flowers, especially his roses and favourite Lily of the Valley. A different around-the-world theme rather underscores the disparity between Dior’s style and the urgency of Galliano’s designs or the modernism of Raf Simons’s work in conjunction with American artist Sterling Ruby.

Another introduction in this inexhaustible exhibition is to the witty furs of designer Frédéric Castet. His lush coat with an Eiffel Tower image, more like the leaning tower of Pisa, is inconceivable in modern times, but an interesting peek at how far the Dior offering stretched.

Sidney Toledano, Chief Executive of Christian Dior Couture was eager to point out that among many recent Dior exhibitions at home and abroad, this was the most important and ambitious presentation of the art, life and history of the designer. “For Paris, we have pushed the heritage to the limit with many new dressesA dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). and by displaying them with works of art,” said Toledano.

Would it have been enough if Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams had ended with the respectful addition of the satellite designers and a heart-warming look at the origin of the Miss Dior perfume? It was named for Christian’s sister Catherine, who had worked for the French resistance, was captured and only escaped from imprisonment at the end of the war.

A letter written in April 1945 by Christian to his father concerning his sister’s release from the Ravensbrück concentration camp is both moving and insightful, suggesting a depth of anguish behind the flower-strewn exterior.

When a designer label moves from the personal vision of its founder to a brand, there is inevitably a change of tone. Crossing the nave from family to the ‘school of Dior’ replacements, the display is less convincing as museum-worthy – especially as it ends with a ‘ballroom’ display of dresses that includes both those worn to the mythic 1951 event organised at the pinnacle of society by Charles de Beistegui
and gowns worn in the more recent celebrity era. Think of Princess Diana’s Galliano dress at the Met Museum ball in 1996 or the pink gown worn by Jennifer Lawrence to the Oscars in 2013, when she famously tripped up.

The overall effect of the ‘The Dior Ball’, is dramatic, dynamic and sometimes steeped in social history – but it is more about entertaining the public than offering any suggestion of how and where Dior will move forward.

So, what is this mighty exhibition aiming to say? That Christian Dior today has grown from the roots planted by one poetic soul seven decades ago? That however different and disparate the aims of the following creators, it all comes back to Monsieur Dior?

There are many unanswered questions. Is this overall system of designer replacement, which Dior has lead, good for fashion? Or does it cream off emerging talents and oblige them to design according to an ever-more-distant master’s voice?

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http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/school-of-christian-dior

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