Dior has re-opened on 6 March, the doors to its emblematic address 30 Montaigne in Paris, where the iconic realm of dreams has been re-invented after more than two years of renovation.
The legendary hôtel particulier, which cast its spell on Christian Dior in 1946, has seen the House’s collections come to life for seventy-five years, becoming the emblem of Parisian elegance and French haute couture.
The historic cradle of the revolutionary New Look has undergone a metamorphosis and is now transformed into a unique place like no other in the world: the locus of all possibilities, now unfolding over more than 10,000 square meters. An extraordinary "refuge of the marvelous" in the words of Monsieur Dior.
Through the prism of beauty and the unexpected, this reinvention offers a (re)discovery of the heritage and passionate inspirations of the House’s multiple facets, through all its universes – from ready-to-wear to fragrances, from leather goods to jewelry, and from art to couture.
The architectural tour-de-force orchestrated by the architect Peter Marino, at the crossroads of neo-classical style and contemporary purity, celebrates the multiplicity of savoir-faire, art de vivre, gastronomy and culture.
This modern, multifaceted showcase – a harmonious balance of audacity, excellence and virtuosity, right down to the shop windows – will provide an exceptional home to:
- A dazzling Boutique, redolent with Dior fundamentals – from toile de Jouy to cannage – and punctuated with artwork and other surprises, including several exclusive creations
- An alcove entirely dedicated to beauty, fragrances and well-being
- La Galerie Dior, a tribute to Christian Dior’s first vocation as a gallery owner. Magnified by a narrative scenography by Nathalie Crinière, it will unveil the House’s precious archives, from couture to fragrances
- The haute couture ateliers, and – for the first time at 30 Avenue Montaigne – the haute joaillerie ateliers, a reflection of Dior excellence
- Le Restaurant Monsieur Dior and La Pâtisserie Dior, both infused with the creativity of French chef Jean Imbert
- Three Gardens, created by landscape designer Peter Wirtz in collaboration with architect Peter Marino
- La Suite Dior, a quintessential experience of the art of hospitality à la française, offering the keys to the entirety of 30 Montaigne for the most memorable of nights
Through the exhibition of sometimes new – but always singular – works from the likes of Guy Limone, Jennifer Steinkamp, Johan Creten, Paul Cocksedge, Isa Genzken, Azuma Makoto and Joël Andrianomearisoa, each of these spaces will represent the inventiveness that has always permeated the House, but also the love of art that defined Christian Dior. A space imbued with the visionary spirit of Monsieur Dior, couturier and parfumeur, who, in just ten years – from 1947 to 1957 – redesigned femininity, building an empire of unwavering influence that is constantly in creative flux.
The enchanting new aura of this building steeped in history – from its majestic Grand Escalier to its iconic Cabine, subtly restored to its original state – promises a timeless experience, inviting visitors on a delightfully unexpected, unprecedented journey that can be experienced "nowhere else".