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Galerie Dior

Beautiful spiral staircase inside the Galerie Dior
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Galerie Dior

Discover the Life & Work of Fashion Legend Christian Dior


11 Bis Rue François Ier, Paris 75008

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Christian Dior once said, “Fashion designers offer one of the last refuges of the marvelous. They are, in a way, the masters of dreams…” This is nowhere more evident than by stepping inside La Galerie Dior, the very spot where Maison Dior first opened its doors in 1947.

One glance up at the illustrious spiral staircase around which mini versions of Dior dresses, shoes, handbags and hats appear to float in a vivid rainbow of colors, and you’ll be caught in Dior’s dream.

Opened in Spring 2022, this meticulously curated museum begins with Christian Dior’s early days, revealing exactly how this legendary designer imprinted his name on the French fashion world. Childhood photographs and some of his first sketches and letters are also on display.

The journey continues throughout each of the 13 rooms, highlighting his most iconic works including The New Look and Dior’s tulip silhouette. The revolutionary work of his six successors: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri, also shines brightly.

Galerie Dior evening gown collection
Photo courtesy of the Galerie Dior

Every space along the over 2,000m² path covering 3 floors graciously pays tribute to the fashion visionary that was Christian Dior. His office has been left intact and looks as though he may return anytime, perhaps to bring another avant-garde idea to life.

Actual fitting rooms appear waiting for models to fill the space with new collections. This is, after all, the same building where some of Paris’s most fashionable ladies once graced the salons, fitted by Monsieur Dior himself for an upcoming ball.

The grandest of all the rooms reveals what a Dior-themed soirée might look like.

There’s even a room dressed all in white, where retired couturiers  — some who dedicated their entire careers to the Christian Dior fashion house — demonstrate exactly how elaborate gowns and jackets are crafted.

The white room at the Galerie Dior
Photo courtesy of the Galerie Dior

These ladies speak only French, but just watching their skillful hands at work is enough to understand the delicacy and detail involved in the making of each garment.

The journey into Parisian Haute Couture doesn’t end after exiting the exhibition. Reflect upon your visit to the cozy café where a selection of tastes can be savored, bubbles included.

Neighboring La Galerie Dior on Avenue Montaigne, the recently renovated 2,200m² Dior flagship invites into a preview of the latest collections including accessories, jewelry, tableware and cosmetics.

If a new handbag doesn’t lure you in, perhaps Pâtisserie Dior will, with its flourishing garden setting and decadent cakes, including the Étoile Dior.

Second-floor restaurant Monsieur Dior sets a more formal table helmed by Chef Jean Imbert. Where else can you order the “New Look” Croque or the “Christian Dior” Egg? All that’s missing is the legend himself.

La Galerie Dior is open from 11am to 7pm every day except Tuesdays.

Tickets for adults are 12€, 8€ for students between 10 and 26 years old, and free for children under 10.

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