This lovely image of Nathalie Portman wearing autumn/winter 2009/10 Dior Couture photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, is featured in Christian Diorâ€™s current exhibition â€˜Stars in Diorâ€™ atÂ the Christian Dior Museum in the designer’s childhood home in Normandy.
Christian Dior takes a stroll through cinema history in this exhibit featuring a rare collection of about 50 Dior gowns, worn by actresses including Grace Kelly, Olivia de Havilland and Elizabeth Taylor, both on and off the screen over six decades, as well as recent pictures of its current fragrance muses, Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron
“For Dior, cinema was so important – not many people know, but that’s where it all started. In the beginning, he first designed costumes for ballet and film,” the exhibit’s curator, Barbara Jeauffroy-Mairet, said.
The show will also present an entire section dedicated uniquely to German-American actress Marlene Dietrich, a fashion icon and Dior client since 1947.
Known for her androgynous style, the collection will feature insightful documentary evidence about the star, such as telegrams, bills and receipts for men’s sweaters she ordered from the house.
Dietrich, a close friend of the designer, once famously refused to star in an Alfred Hitchcock film unless Dior created the costumes, Jeauffroy-Mairet said.
“She declared, ‘No Dior, No Dietrich,’ and this exhibit really shows how headstrong she was.”
The curator said some of the 10 Dietrich ensembles would highlight how unique and daring she was when it came to her wardrobe.
Spread over three floors, the multimedia exhibit will connect the dots between film and fashion with movie clips and posters. There will be behind-the-scenes footage from a recent TV advertising campaign called J’adore Dior, featuring Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron alongside images of other Hollywood legends including Kelly and Marilyn Monroe.
Stars in Dior opened May 12 at the Christian Dior Museum and runs until September 23.