Last week, an exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris celebrated, once more, the legend of Miss Dior. 15 contemporary artists were encouraged to present their visions over a myth that has been projecting a sense of fascination for over half a century. But it is not only these artists that have found inspiration in the Miss Dior perfume and dresses, but, as Frederic Bourdelier, Dior Brand & Heritage Director, reminds us, also some of Hollywood’s most famous stars.
Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Gina Lollobrigida, Liz Taylor, Ava Gardner, Olivia de Havilland and Sophia Loren all have embodied the Dior ideal of femininity, of delicateness and spirit, style and boldness.
It is the true Hollywoodian story of Miss Dior! Glory and an aura of myth for a perfume born somewhere on Avenue Montaigne and named after mademoiselle Catherine Dior, the designer’s sister, member of the French Resistance in the Second World War, deported into a concentration camp – all before the inception of the fragrance, in 1947-, decorated after the war as Chevalière de la Légion d’Honneur and managing to go back to simple, happy life, together with her love, Hervé, trading flowers and gardening until a ripe old age.
Maybe Hollywood will one day turn its eyes on the real Miss Dior and her remarkable life. Until then, we can admire her wonderful avatars.
Hervé des Charbonneries, Catherine Dior, Christian Dior and Ma Lefèvre, the family’s governess
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