The Grand Opening of Galerie Dior

by sharon santoni
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High fashion house Christian Dior’s legendary Parisian flagship at 30 Avenue Montaigne is back and more impressive than ever. After two year’s of intense renovation work and preparation, the iconic doors have reopened. 

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Far more than just a designer boutique, the location is home to a restaurant headed by a star chef, a café and pâtisserie, a garden and an archival gallery… it is a veritable universe dedicated to the legacy of the Maison’s renowned founder, Christian Dior, as well as his successors – Yves Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane, Maria Grazia Chiuri, among them.

The gallery, comprising 13 rooms, is a scenographic visual journey, with features such a reconstruction of Monsieur Dior’s office, his most iconic creations, rare seasonal archives, a space entirely dedicated to ball gowns and timeless brand looks like the navy blue slip dress Princess Diana wore to the 1996 Met Gala.

And the journey across the vast space conveniently ends in the chic Café Dior… by the end of this colorful immersive experience, you might need it!

staircase with colorful clothes
gown exhibit
gowns in musuem
clothes exhibit

The restaurant, Monsieur Dior, is headed by celebrated French chef Jean Imbert, along with his collaborator Antony Clémot – and offers a simple, elegant menu of dishes inspired by the Maison’s history. And that isn’t limited to the cuisine… from the tableware to the decor, everything is from Dior Maison collections or designed to honor the heritage of the house.

For example, the geometric mirror behind the bar, created by artist Claudia Wieser, and an incredible pictorial installation by Guy Limone on the walls, comprised of thousands of images from the Dior archives – both pieces designed especially for the new address.

On the gallery’s second level, the Café Dior offers a gourmet break at the end of your visit. Also lead by Jean Imbert, it offers rare coffees and decadent treats to satisfy you sweet tooth.

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Dior

30 Avenue Montaigne 75008 Paris

Photography © Kristen Pelou & Dior

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