Dior presents the “Art of the Hat” at a new exhibition in France

The hat – an essential reference in Dior style for more than seven decades – is the focus of the new exhibition at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France, from May 14th to October 30th. Nearly 200 models will be on display alongside haute couture dresses, photographs and other archival documents to celebrate the art of hat making from Christian Dior to the famous British milliner Stephen Jones.

After paying homage to the rose, the flower so loved by Christian Dior, the Granville Museum is dedicating its 2022 seasonal exhibition to the hat, or more precisely to the art of the hat. While some see the headpiece as a mere detail of a look, the hat was considered an essential accessory of feminine grooming for the great couturier, making it a reference not only in Dior style but also in French haute couture and international fashion.

In addition to presenting a variety of models that have marked the history of the fashion house, the exhibition will help visitors understand the importance of this accessory in the House of Dior.

The exhibition, entitled Dior Hats: The Art of the Hat from Christian Dior to Stephen Jones, begins by exploring Christian Dior’s relationship with hats, whether through his first calling as a milliner or through the feathered hats worn by his mother, Madeleine Dior . which undoubtedly influenced his work. In total, visitors will discover almost 200 hats. These are set in a broader dialogue with around 20 haute couture dresses as well as dozens of hat art themed fashion photography and beauty ads.

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However, as the exhibition spans seven decades of history – from 1947 to 2020 – it also includes the work of the great couturier’s successors, from the modern of Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan and Gianfranco Ferré to the feminist touch of Maria Grazia Chiuri and the exotic Hats by John Galliano. The exhibition notes how these designers revisited Christian Dior’s most beloved themes, such as gardens or masculine-feminine chic.

The final part of this event celebrates Stephen Jones, the celebrity milliner, focusing on his 25 years of experience as creative director of Dior hats. This part of the exhibition will feature dozens of hat sketches, research documents, clippings from fashion magazines and even tools from the Dior Haute Mode workshop, most of which come from the personal archives of the best milliner.

The exhibition “Chapeaux Dior, l’art du chapeau de Christian Dior à Stephen Jones” runs from May 14 to October 30, 2022 at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France.

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