La Galerie Dior
The Paris fashion world has a new temple!
30 avenue Montaigne, a legendary address
The famous address of 30 avenue Montaigne, located in the heart of Paris in the ultra-chic “golden triangle” area, is now home to La Galerie Dior, the very first museum of the Parisian fashion house.
It is behind this emblematic facade designed in the purest French style of the second half of the 19th century, with its elaborate balconies, volutes and mascarons, that more than seventy years of collections were born. Located in the same building as the legendary shop but with a separate entrance from rue François-Ier, “La Galerie Dior” was planned as a cultural attraction in its own right, a repository of fashion memory, over which the spirit of Monsieur Dior has seemed to float since 1946.
As you enter the building, you are welcomed by a contemporary work designed by the British artist Marc Quin based on one of the great fashion designer’s fingerprints and his portrait by the Franco-Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming. After climbing the magnificent staircase surrounded by some 1,500 miniature objects from the world of Dior, all in colour shades, discover some of the most striking models of this famous brand, which seem to float in the air, in a 2,000 m² area on 2 floors. From the New Look to the iconic Corolla skirts of Christian Dior, from the young Yves Saint Laurent to the extravagant John Galliano, from Raf Simons to Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré and Maria Grazia Chiuri, the complete history of the house is revealed in the Gallery’s 13 thematic rooms. A story that has been written through its creators but also through the women, from Marylin Monroe to Grace Kelly, Lady Di or more recently Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman or even Rihanna who have embodied and showcased the Dior style on red carpets all over the world. A breathtaking visit, though to the grand finale with the presentation of some of the most fabulous designs of the fashion house brought together for the first time in Paris!
The Dior story … in all its intimacy
Dior is also and above all a story of know-how, that of the loyal dressmakers of the Parisian haute-couture house who can now be admired at work in the workshops, surrounded by mannequins, sketches and fabrics.
But also the story of the great man’s passion for women and fashion. In the attic, he had set up his small design studio, his workshops, a cabin for the models and six small fitting rooms. This “office of dreams” as Monsieur Dior liked to call it can now finally be visited. A unique opportunity to discover the models, original sketches by the master, archive documents, accessories and even his work table.
Number 30, Avenue Montaigne is also…
… a shop of breathtaking dimensions, bringing together for the first time all the collections, including those for women, men, beauty and the home, as well as the fashion and jewellery workshops, hidden from view, three superb gardens, a restaurant, a café and a patisserie, all three of which are run by chef Jean Imbert. A total of 10,000 m² embodying French luxury and the French art de vivre in the heart of Paris, just a stone’s throw from the bustling avenue des Champs-Elysées and the Arc de triomphe.
Access and contact
Metro Line 1 Franklin Roosevelt station Line 9 Franklin Roosevelt or Alma-Marceau station Line 13 Champs-Élysées-Clémenceau station
RER Line C Pont de l'Alma station
Bus Lines 42 and 80, Montaigne - François 1er stop Line 72, Palais de la Découverte stop
Days and opening hours
Every day throughout the year between 11 am and 7 pm. Closed on Tuesday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Last entry at 5:30 pm.
- Full price: 12 € Reduced price: 8 €.
Free entry for children < 10 years.
Reservation of a time slot for your visit on galeriedior.com is obligatory.
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- Kristen Pelou