Normandy village honours fashion icon Dior

17th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 17 (AFP) - The 100th anniversary of the birth of Christian Dior, the legendary French designer who revolutionised haute couture with his New Look, will be feted with a major retrospective from May 15 in Normandy.

PARIS, March 17 (AFP) - The 100th anniversary of the birth of Christian Dior, the legendary French designer who revolutionised haute couture with his New Look, will be feted with a major retrospective from May 15 in Normandy.

The exhibition, which will run through September 25 at the museum in Dior's childhood home in Granville on France's northwest coast, is part of a series of events to honour the man who transformed 20th-century fashion.

Christian Dior Couture chairman Sidney Toledano, designer and Dior employee Pierre Cardin, and Dior's former assistant Andre Levasseur gathered Thursday at Dior's headquarters on the posh Avenue Montaigne in Paris to present the summer fete.

All three hailed the elegance, generosity and grace of a man whom they said "put a smile back on the faces of French citizens after the war".

Dior - who was born on January 21, 1905, in Granville - opened his own fashion house on the Avenue Montaigne on December 16, 1946. He died just over a decade later in October 1957 at age 52.

Today, British designer John Galliano is the creative director for the venerable French house.

"He is still very much present," Galliano said of Dior in a statement. "I wish I could have met him, and sometimes I still ask for his advice. I think we would have had a lot in common."

Beyond the exhibition "Christian Dior - Man of the Century", other events have been planned in Granville to honour the couturier including a fashion photography show, a vintage car rally, a film festival and sports tournaments.

Toledano said Granville was the perfect spot to honour Dior as the family villa and its garden were "sources of inspiration for him", adding that the trip to Normandy offered fashion fans a way to "get closer to the man himself".

© AFP

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