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The One Thing To Do The Next Time You’re In Normandy

One more reason to skip Paris for the French coast. Grab your notebook, because you're about to get schooled, Dior style.

We don’t know about you, but we consider costume exhibitions to be our favourite part of museum visits. Clothes of the eras past have so much to tell and teach, even if the style is no longer relevant to modern tastes. After all, it is Diana Vreeland who once said that one can see the approaching of a revolution through clothes.

However, Dior’s latest exhibition “Christian Dior & Granville: The Source of The Legend” approaches the topic just slightly differently. Not so much a revolution, but something moving nonetheless. The story to be told here is one between Monsieur Dior’s childhood home in Normandy’s Granville and the pieces created under his name, though not limited to just his work.

Using his home as a means to talk about his inspirations and psyche, the exhibition features old documents, photographs, objects and costumes relating to his life and family, interspersed with couture pieces from Dior’s archives. Things end off with a look at Monsieur Dior’s successors, from John Galliano to Maria Grazia Chiuri, and how his influence continues to preside over their work.

If you find yourself ditching Paris for the more tranquil and off-the-beaten-path Normandy (read: you hipster, you), make it a point to visit the Christian Dior Museum and Garden at Villa Les Rhumbs. We guarantee you’ll have Instagram material for weeks. Monsieur Dior’s ridiculously picturesque house and family garden are only the tip of the iceberg.


Photos: Courtesy of Dior

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