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A new episode of the A.B.C.DIOR podcast highlights DIOR and JAPAN

A.B.C.Dior invites listeners to a fascinating interlude, to decode the creative imagination of the house of Dior, from 1947 to today, at the letter “J” – the deep admiration that Christian Dior had for Japan.

In conjunction with the retrospective Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Dior is unveiling an audio and visual adventure dedicated to the deep ties uniting the country of the Rising Sun and the House. All images courtesy of Dior.

As the founder of Maison Dior, Monsieur Dior's legacy in Japan is rich and far reaching ever since being the first European couture house to present collection in Japan. Narrating Dior's far-reaching partnerships with Daimaru and Kanebo, in 1953, to Maria Grazia Chiuri's reinvention of the Jardin Japonais dress for the Dior haute couture spring-summer 2017 line, this episode relates the fascination of the founding-couturier and his successors with Japanese culture. This captivating story, an ode to the beauty of dreams, can be listened to on all streaming platforms and discovered on YouTube, in a video format illustrated with archival images.

AUTUMN-WINTER HAUTE COUTURE 1953 IN TOKYO Collection Dior Héritage, Paris

Through passionate inspirations, the A.B.C.Dior podcast series invites us to decipher the symbols and secrets that have shaped and punctuated the history of Dior since its creation, in 1946. Following its success at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Brooklyn Museum in New York in 2022, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is being now reinvented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.

1957 SHOW for JAPANESE GUEST © Association Willy Maywald. ADAGP

The current exhibition Japan crowns more than seventy years of virtuoso passion initiated by the pioneering vision of Christian Dior. In September 1947, just a few months after the triumph of the New Look, the couturier flew to America, going on to establish a New York subsidiary the following year.

The previous exhibitions opened with a journey through time and space – Paris to New York – from 30 Avenue Montaigne to the cosmopolitan heart of the United States, with which Dior has forged a long and enduring friendship. Dior’s earliest haute couture creations – some of which have never been revealed to the general public before – interact with exceptional pieces, a striking encounter between Dior’s unique heritage and the Brooklyn Museum’s rich collections.

1963 CHRISTIAN DIOR AT THE KANABO STORE Collection Dior Héritage, Paris

Since decades the Maison Dior's journey continues through the creations of the House’s successive Artistic Directors, showcased with respect to art history: Yves Saint Laurent, whose key influences included the beatniks and The Wild One ; Marc Bohan, who was fascinated by Jackson Pollock; Gianfranco Ferré; John Galliano and his dazzling extravagances, accentuated by sumptuous Egyptian antiquities or a portrait by Giovanni Boldini; Raf Simons, a fervent collector of Sterling Ruby; and of course Maria Grazia Chiuri, who chose to dialogue with several American artists such as for the most recent spring-summer Haute Couture collection presented in January.

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