To celebrate Miss Dior, Christian Dior’s first fragrance, created in 1947, fifteen female artists have been invited by art curator, Hervé Mikaeloff, to showcase their works at Paris’ Grand Palais. Christian Dior once said, “Perfume is the indispensable complement to the feminine personality, and the finishing touch of a dress.”
The birth of this perfume coincided with Christian Dior's first fashion show held in Paris in February 1947. Dior was fascinated by the Chypre de Coty (1917) and the vivid verdancy of Balmain’s Vent Vert (1947), both accords were fused in Miss Dior. The fragrance notes include gardenia, galbanum, clary sage, aldehydes, jasmine, rose, neroli, narcissus, iris, carnation, lily of the valley, patchouli, labdanum, oakmoss, ambergris, sandalwood, vetiver, and leather. The formulation of this wonderful perfume has been changed and the line expended, but the closest one to the original one is the Miss Dior Original.
Coming back to the exhibition, the selected group of contemporary designers, painters, photographers, visual artists, and sculptors drew inspiration from Dior's archives. Each art piece is related to Miss Dior’s patrimonial style codes—the light pink colored silk bow, the blossoming rose, or the houndstooth check pattern. Some vintage dresses will be shown, including the flamboyant red Concerto dress (1957) and the classic Bar Suit (1947), as well as contemporary creations by Raf Simons.
The exhibition will run in the Galerie Courbe
November 13th to 25th 2013
From 11 am to 8 pm
See more on the Grand Palais website
and the Miss Dior website