“Dior Rose” has several meanings for the Parisian house. It is a flower and a shadow. It is the color of Christian Dior’s family home, with its “pastel pink plastered walls”, and the fragrant flowers of the garden planted by his mother, Madeleine.
The connection between Dior and roses was reinforced by its first fashion show, its numerous perfumes created since 1947 – including the first, Miss Dior – and memorable dresses and accessories designed for women over the decades.
Dior and roses is now the name of an exhibition that celebrates one of the French fashion designer’s favorite flowers (1905-1957), shown at his childhood home, Villa Les Rhumbs in Granville, France, from June 5 to June 31 October. A book with a similar title to mark the event will be published by Rizzoli New York.
The exhibition links Dior’s family history to his career and shines a light on the uniqueness of his beloved younger sister, Catherine, who worked with flowers and supported and inspired her brother. He interprets his collections by exploring the presence of the rose, the layering and interactions with it, and its palette of roses. High-fashion creations and accessories, works of art, decorative objects and works of art are on display, including pieces on loan from other museums and individuals.
A rose bed from the Jardin de Granville created by André Eve and offered by Parfums Christian Dior adorns the edge of the lawn visible from the Rhumbs winter garden, echoing the rose and rose collections of the villa.
This article first appeared on June 14, 2021 in The Edge Malaysia.