Christian Dior on Film
Stars en Dior at The Musee Christian Dior in Normandy, France, will trace the designer’s relationship with film by showcasing the numerous outfits that have appeared on screen.
Even before establishing his own couture house in 1947, Dior designed dresses for film noir, famously collaborating with director Alfred Hitchcock on the 1950 film Stage Fright, featuring Marlene Dietrich. Her contract actually stipulated that she would wear clothes by no other designer in the movie.
Even after Dior’s death in 1957, his relationship with film continued, with the label’s designs featuring in movies such as A Countess from Hong Kong starring Sophia Loren (1957), and Broken Embraces with Penelope Cruz (2009).
The exhibition will include gowns that have appeared in film, dresses worn on the red carpet, and pieces selected for advertising campaigns. Also on view will be videos, sketches and storyboards – some of which have been loaned by Paris film museum and archive the Cinémathèque Française.
Stars en Dior runs from May 12 to September 23 2012. A catalogue of the exhibition will be published by Rizzoli in September 2012.