The House had the honour to dress many royals such as Lady Diana and Princess Margaret as well as our hollywood royals like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. Christian Dior was also a visionary who anticipated future development of the luxury and fashion industry and who insisted that everything from jewelry to bags had to play its part in creating meticulous elegance.
Dior placed exceptional importance on the jewelry needed to embellish his haute couture creations. The top jewelry makers of the time would attempt to outdo each other in proposing inventive suggestions as part of the creative process. We wholeheartedly agree on this point which is why we strive to carry the most unique and fascinating pieces from across Europe in our store.
A sample of our current collection
Dior’s philosphy on colour was equally as impressive. He saw pink as the “colour of happiness” and red as “the colour that dresses women’s smiles.” As for black, he said once that he “could write an entire book about it”. This really stuck with us and as we returned, we noticed some definite influences that have trickled their way down from haute couture to prêt-a-porter.
“True luxury needs good materials and good workmanship; it will never succeed unless its roots are profoundly embedded in sober influences and honest traditions.”
– Christian Dior
Much like what we like to see with the designers we bring into our store, Dior took immense pride in the workmanship and process that brought his designs to fruition. Part of this process is when he would give his ateliers sketches to make the “toiles” as can be pictured below. The toiles served as test versions of the dresses in white fabric to ensure his vision had been expressed correctly.
A colletion of Dior’s toiles from over the years
All in all the Dior exhibit was a feast for the eyes. The meticulous detail, the vivid colours, and the accentuated shapes all portrayed the timeline of his life as a couturier. This true testament worthy of the House of Dior’s contribution to the world of fashion brought us home looking at the pieces in our store with fresh eyes. If we are able to even represent a small fraction of Dior’s influence in our store, we believe our pieces have the potential to stand the test of time as well.