Lights on Catherine Dior, the real Miss Dior

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Christian Dior’s sister was a woman of strong character, heroine of the Resistance. She was the vigilant guardian of her brother’s memory, always preferring the present moment to nostalgia worship. Simplicity, courage and loyalty seemed to be the watchwords of Catherine Dior’s life. Miss Dior was created for her… A brother’s discreet tribute to his beloved sister.

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Created in 1947 by Jean Charles and Paul Vacher, Miss Dior is a Chypre floral. Top notes are aldehydes, gardenia, clary saga, galbanum, and bergamot. Middle-notes are iris, carnation, jasmine, neroli, lilly-of-the-valley, orris root, rose, and narcissus. Base notes are vetiver, sandalwood, amber, oakmoss, patchouli, labdanum and leather.

Today Miss Dior is available in several sizes and different flacons, accompanied by a beautiful bathline. The collection is available at Dior boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Christian Dior.

 

 

 

Miss Dior: December 1947 – December 2017

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Seventy years ago the perfume Miss Dior was officially launched, after having received its debut at the Maison’s first haute couture show, on 12 February 1947. We take a look at the history of  an iconic fragrance, conceived by Christian Dior as ‘a perfume that smells of love’, and reinvented today by François Demachy as an Eau de Parfum that’s more sensual than ever.

For Christian Dior, perfume was ‘the indispensable complement of the female personality’. When creating his couture house, he dreamed to being able to give his flower-women a fragrance that ‘smells of love’. With the perfumer Paul Vacher, he developed a floral chypre, which he sprayed liberally throughout the salons in where his first collection was to be shown. This new scent went against the powdery perfumes of the time. Dedicated to Catherine, his beloved sister, Miss Dior erupted into life as the perfect accompaniment for the happy and liberated young woman of the New Look.

 

 

 

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1947, Christian Dior Miss Dior in handmade Baccarat perfume bottle and stopper, cased crystal white cut to clear, gilt details (7 1/2 in).

Officially launched in December 1947, this olfactory revolution took form in a bottle conceived as an object of rare luxury and designed according to the same exigencies as haute couture, because Christian Dior regarded himself as equally couturier and perfumer. He came up with a crystal amphora that alluded to the harmonious silhouette of the En 8 line in his first collection. The couturier was involved in each stage of its creation and turned to the expertise of the best glass masters in France. In 1950, echoing the modernist impulse of the time, and at the same time as his Verticale collection, he designed a more geometric and sober bottle, ‘cut like a suit’. Engraved with the houndstooth motif dear to the couturier, this bottle, which is still the one that holds Miss Dior today, it set off with a satin bow. This ultimate couture touch, whether in metal or embroidered by hand in the workshops of 30 Avenue Montaigne for the more exceptional editions, represents the immutable link between couture and perfume.

Christian Dior Miss Dior Eau de Parfum

70 years on, Miss Dior succeeds in conserving its couture spirit and continues to capture the Maison’s revolutionary vision, especially in the new Eau de Parfum developed by Perfumer-Creator François Demachy and focused around the sensuality of the rose de Grasse and the sexy aura of the damask rose.

This declaration of fragrant love is embodied by Natalie Portman, in a fringed raffia-embroidered haute couture dress whose feminine curves and unexpected use of materials passionately encapsulate the spirit of the iconic Miss Dior.

 

 

Christian Dior Diorling New Version

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Maison Christian Dior is re-launching their timeless and legendary perfume Diorling as part of their ‘Les Creations’ line.

Diorling was firstly introduced in 1963, and created by Paul Vacher, as a tribute and a success to Dior’s ‘love of English refinement’. It is full of lovely blossom flowers a unique romantic air and passionate emotions. Then, Diorling was only affordable to the high-class society – women truly elegant and aristocratic.

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Now, it will be an adorable Diorling perfume reasonable for everyone. The in-house Dior perfumer François Demachy has changed the Diorling’s composition and now the perfume will smell ‘more luxurious and modern’. Even though it will not differ much from the original, Dior Diorling perfume will smell calmer and less intense. In spirit of the old edition, Diorling will offer you Calabrian bergamot, Egyptian jasmine, patchouli and leather.

Top: Calabrian bergamot
Heart: Egyptian jasmine
Base: Patchouli, leather

In any case, this composition is made more contemporary with an intention to achieve balance between the original fragrance and modern fragrance.

DIOR-Les_Creations_de_Monsieur_Dior-DiorlingThe new version Diorling joins the collection Les Creations de Monsieur Dior. The flacon of the new version has the same form as the other fragrances in de ‘Les Creations’ collection, which offers eight classic fragrances by Dior. The new version of Dior Diorling will be available in the UK after January 30th. in 100ml flacons.