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{exhibitions} Dior Launching ‘Stars in Dior’ Exhibition

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Christian Dior is set to celebrate its illustrious link with the movie world with “Stars in Dior,” an exhibition and accompanying book that highlight the outfits worn by some of the world’s most famous actresses, both on- and offscreen.

From May 12 to Sept. 23, the Christian Dior museum in Granville on the Normandy coast, housed in the designer’s childhood home, will host an exhibition of gowns and accessories worn by stars of the silver screen, including Marlene Dietrich, Olivia de Havilland, Elizabeth Taylor, Penélope Cruz and Marion Cotillard, set off by documentary evidence of the designer’s links to the film world from the 1940s to the present day.

The ground floor of the museum will be dedicated to actresses wearing Dior in everyday life, as well as an exhibit dedicated to Dietrich, who was a fan and a friend of the designer, explained associate exhibition curator Barbara Jeauffroy-Mairet. When asked to act in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Stage Fright,” Dietrich famously replied, “No Dior, no Dietrich.” Her wearing Dior in the movie was subsequently written into her contract, Jeauffroy-Mairet said, despite the fact that Hitchcock generally kept firm control on costumes, favoring designers like Edith Head.

For the show, a room on the museum’s ground floor will be dedicated to Dietrich and set up to look like an apartment, including her luggage, accessories and beauty products. The second floor will highlight Christian Dior’s role as a costume designer. The top floor will be dedicated to the house’s red-carpet designs, as well as its more commercial collaborations with the movie world through its fragrance advertising. 

The “Stars in Dior” show coincides with the French release of a book of the same name in May. Published by Rizzoli, the book will be released in the U.S. this September.

{Source WWD.com/Pictures Courtesy Dior}

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