- Title: Stars flock to Dior's 70th anniversary Paris exhibition preview
- Date: 3rd July 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JULY 3, 2017) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** TRAFFIC GOING PAST EXTERIOR OF MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS, HOST OF NEW DIOR 70TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION BANNER READING (French): "CHRISTIAN DIOR, DREAM DESIGNER" GUESTS IN FOYER OF EXHIBITION MANNEQUIN IN EXHIBITION GUESTS IN MUSEUM'S GARDEN BUSH SCULPTED IN SHAPE OF WOMAN WEARING DRESS TRAYS OF CHAMPAGNE GLASSES "DIOR" SIGN IN BUSH FRENCH ACTRESS AND MODEL, LAETITIA CASTA, POSING FOR PHOTOS VARIOUS OF CANADIAN MODEL, WINNIE HARLOW, POSING FOR PHOTOS BRITISH ACTOR, ROBERT PATTINSON, POSING FOR PHOTOS BRITISH ACTRESS, GEMMA ARTETON, POSING FOR PHOTOS (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH ACTRESS, GEMMA ARTETON, SAYING: "French, it's just French, and feminine, but strong at the same time, you know, it's not 'faible' (meaning weak in French), it's real, it's what's great about being a woman." VARIOUS OF AMERICAN MODEL AND SINGER, CAROLINE VREELAND, POSING FOR PHOTOS (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN MODEL AND SINGER, CAROLINE VREELAND, SAYING: "You know, it's the epitome of female elegance, and I'm 29 now, I'm not like a spring chicken anymore and I'm really embracing my femininity as a woman, and you know, I'm having the best sex of my life, and it seems only fitting that I should be doing that in Dior. Doing it all in Dior." AMERICAN MODEL, KARLIE KLOSS, POSING FOR PHOTOS AMERICAN ACTRESS, NATALIE PORTMAN, POSING FOR PHOTOS WITH DIOR'S CREATIVE DIRECTOR, MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI PORTMAN POSING GUESTS WALKING OUT OF EXHIBITION INTO GARDEN BRITISH MODEL AND ACTRESS, CARA DELEVIGNE STANDING IN GROUP TALKING GUESTS MILLING AROUND FRENCH FIRST LADY, BRIGITTE MACRON, STANDING WITH DIOR'S PRESIDENT, SYDNEY TOLEDANO (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH FIRST LADY, BRIGITTE MACRON, SAYING: "We show all around the world everything that we know how to do and it is completely part of our culture. It's an art, a total art form, and I am very very proud if I can contribute a little bit to giving a type of visibility, it's very important for me." GUESTS IN GARDEN VIPS SITTING TOGETHER
- Embargoed: 17th July 2017 22:09
- Keywords: Natalie Portman Dior Chiuri Paris Winnie Harlow exhibition Gemma Arteton Brigitte Macron VIP Cara Delevigne
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Art,Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Fashion,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
- Reuters ID: LVA0016O5YES9
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- Story Text: Celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Cara Delevigne and Gemma Arteton flocked to a VIP preview of Paris' Museum of Decorative Arts new exhibition "Christian Dior, dream designer" on Monday (July 3), in celebration of the fashion house's 70th anniversary.
France's first lady Brigitte Macron, and Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, were also present for the special preview of the exhibition and garden party celebrations.
The show traces the 70-year-long history of the fashion house, from the iconic designs of the founder, Christian Dior, through to those by Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco FerrÃ©, John Galliano, Raf Simons and the first woman to hold the reins, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Over 300 haute couture dresses designed in the period from 1947 to the present day are exhibited alongside sketches, photographs, accessories, letters, manuscripts, works of art and furniture that served as inspiration for the designers, creating a dialogue between the designs and their cultural context.
The exhibition's curators, Florence Muller and Olivier Gabet, also director of the museum, brought together works from various different international museums and exhibition spaces as well as from the museum's own collection, arranged in both a chronological and thematic way.
Paris's Museum of Decorative Arts had previously held a retrospective on Dior in 1987 on the house's first ten years of existence. This time, to fit works spanning the label's seven-decade history, curators used the whole of the museum's exhibition space - almost 3,000 square metres (32,300 square feet).
The exhibition will open to the public on Wednesday (July 5) and will run until January 7, 2018.
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