Christian Dior (1905-1957) is one of greatest designers of all time and his dazzling, pioneering talent make him the very embodiment of the French couturier. He came to fashion late, after a career as a gallery owner, and his first collection, presented in February 1947, instantly made a splash in the gloomy post-war years. His fresh, nature-inspired Corolla dress, with its nipped-in waist and generous curves, provided such a stark contrast with the prevailing climate of the age that it became the symbol of the “new look”. The designer, who died too young, was to remain at the helm of his label for only ten years, but all of his collections made quite an impact, and a series of talented successors continued his legacy, each of them in turn revolutionising fashion in their respective decades: Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, Maria Grazia Chiuri…
This neoclassical-style mansion bears witness to the history of the brand, which over the past seventy-five years has become the standard-bearer for “Parisian elegance” and “French haute couture”. This building has today been redesigned to offer you a revolutionary experience spanning more than 10,000 m². An extraordinary “refuge of the marvellous”, in the words of Monsieur Dior.
The birthplace of the brand, the shop at 30 avenue Montaigne combines several worlds. On the ground floor, the designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, the site’s artistic director, presents her ready-to-wear clothing, accessories, shoes and leather goods creations. At her side, the renowned designer Kim Jones unveils his selection for Dior Men and makes a splash as usual.
Make your way up the majestic staircase to the first floor and discover exceptional models in exotic leathers and evening wear designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. Nearby, the Fine Jewellery collections are displayed in a luxurious case and Dior Maison redefines Elegance and Design.
A French gourmet break
After your shopping experience or a visit to La Galerie Dior, the brand new museum dedicated to the fascinating world of Dior, the restaurant, Monsieur Dior, invites you to sit down and enjoy French cuisine at its best, skilfully brought to life by the famous chef Jean Imbert. Here, everything represents the inimitable French art of living, from the simple and elegant décor to the Dior Maison tableware collections, which enhances classic dishes inspired by the brand’s history.
This was all created as a tribute to Christian Dior. A mirror by Claudia Wieser faces a pictorial work by Guy Limone, made from thousands of images found in the artist’s archives. And René Bouché created an oil on canvas which he affectionately titled “Christian Dior à table”.
At the edge of the garden, take time for a gourmet break at La Pâtisserie. Christian Dior being a true gourmet, the establishment had a duty to create this mouth-watering showcase of sweetness. With emblematic cakes or original creations, Jean Imbert reinterprets the desserts that perfectly accompany the scrupulously selected teas and coffees.
Take advantage of this exceptional eatery, which places the emphasis on pleasure, sharing and excellence! We adore Dior!
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Days and opening hours
All year round Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 7 pm. Sunday : 11am to 7pm.
75008 Paris 8ème
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- Kristen Pelou