Tuesday, 14 January 2014

(Free) Dior exhibition at the Grand Palais

One thing I've become used to doing in the last 18 months that I rarely did before is going to museums and exhibitions on my own. 

Maybe it comes with age and being 31. Maybe it comes with the Parisian culture of choosing to do things on your own. Or maybe it's because of the whole "well if you don't go now when you're available even though you're on your own, then by the time someone is available to go with you it'll be finished!" conversation going on in my head. 

Just before Christmas, I braved the cold and waited in line for almost 2 hours to get into the Dior Exhibition at the Grand Palais. The Grand Palais doesn't appear on my Free Museum Sundays in Paris list so there was an additional reason for me to line up for this exhibition in the middle of Winter. By the time I got to the front of the line, my fingers were frozen and I literally could not feel my toes. I'm not kidding here.

But it was worth it. 

Entrance of the Dior Exhibition

Karen Kilimnik's installation of Miss Dior

Inside was little secret hidden universe of light filled creams and whites and pinks and peaches and all things delicate and pretty. It was a nice change from the sea of black and grey I would see every day on the metro and on the streets. 

These were my favourite three dresses from the exhibition: 

Miss Dior gown, original gown was published in Harper's Bazaar 1949


Elizabeth Taylor wore one of these in 1961

The exhibition reminded me so fondly of the days I used to work for Dior when I lived in London. The amazing team I worked with, my gorgeous manager who had a vision that was equally as stunning as she was, my education manager who worked tirelessly into the evening to make sure every single minute detail was flawlessly in place, and the make up artists whose creations were simply breathtaking. 

It reminded me of the beautiful Dior dresses we would borrow for displays and product launches and all the effort and attention we would go to in order to ensure that every petal, every flower, every prop, every product, every component was immaculately presented and most importantly, presented and conveyed in a way that was quintessentially "Dior". 



Nika Zupanc's "Room of One's Own"

12 comments:

  1. Those dresses are so beautiful, and the last one made me smile as I can imagine my beautiful best friend wearing it on a weekend away in Rome or somewhere sweet...

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  2. Aren't they?! They were my favourite out of the whole exhibition, probably the most "nhan" haha :)

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  3. Bonjour, I just stumbled across your blog and really like what you have on here! Though I'm leaving Paris soon, it doesn't hurt to add another Paris blog to read-- I picked up some ideas on what I can do in my time left! :)

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    1. Hi there Kim! Thanks so much for dropping by, I'm so glad you've found some useful things here even though you're leaving soon. I'm a complete newbie to blogging and so when I saw your comment I became really happy, just like a kid :)

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    2. Aww thanks, I'm glad you like my blog! Likewise, I kept reading post after post here and when I got to the end I realized you had recently started the blog.
      It looks great so far though! It'll be good to keep up with what happens in Paris through your blog :)

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    3. Thanks so much for your encouragement! I don't have many posts up yet - just a load of unfinished drafts haha. Pity you are leaving soon, it would have been really cool to meet up or something!

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    4. Oh we should, yeah! It's cool to meet the people behind the blogs. I'm trying to balance the dates I have left; let me know if you'd be free to meet next Wed afternoon at a cafe, or later for Happy Hour. If not then, maybe earlier next week?

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    5. Earlier next week suits me! It'll be like going on a blind date haha. How should we contact each other..? Can you email me at nhanisnow(at)gmail(dot)com?

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    6. Oks I will shoot you an email!
      I will wear a yellow rose in my hair :p

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    7. Haha! Yes, and I will be holding a book in my hand ;)

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  4. oh, swoon! dior is my favourite designer (along with elie saab), such beautiful pieces, quintessentially parisienne! when does that exhibit go until?

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    1. Unfortunately it has already finished Han, but if I pretend it's still on, will you come and visit? Haha, only joking. I think you would have really liked this exhibit, but you were in Oz when it was on :(

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