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In focus: A look at Christian Dior's relationship with Japan

In focus: A look at Christian Dior's relationship with Japan

The French designer's strong connection with the Land of the Rising Sun


The house of Dior has always had a long history with Japan, from the early '50s when Christian Dior designed a series of looks in fabrics from Kyoto's famous Tatsumura workshop to Raf Simons’ Tokyo-inspired Esprit Pre-Fall 15 collection, there are no barriers in creativity between the French maison and East Asian country...

His childhood home in Normandy, France, was decorated in a special style of birds inspired from Japanese art, a culture and style which Christian Dior took with him into his world of design.

Ever since creating his couture house in 1947 the French designer has shared his infatuation with Japan through his beautiful designs, with Vogue even writing a feature on the couturier's oriental influences. After creating a variety of looks in 1953 with Tokyo department store Daimaru, world famous ballerina Margot Fonteyn asked Mr. Dior if he could create the costume for her role as Madame Butterfly which catapulted him even further into the admiring eyes of Japanese women.  

Tokyo collection

"When I opened my couture house I decided to dress only the most fashionable women from the first ranks of society."– christian dior

Later, Dior was commissioned to design three dresses for the civil ceremony of Princess Michiko's wedding ceremony, continuing to dress superior women. "When I opened my couture house I decided to dress only the most fashionable women from the first ranks of society, the designer stated. In the 1960s Christian Dior's successor helped maintain strong ties with the country's royal family and fashion industry, creating numerous presentations, runway shows and galas – which carried on the relationship between the Avenue Montaigne couture house and Japan. 

Tokyo collection

In the 2000's Dior also inaugurated two magnificent Tokyo boutiques, as well as several exhibitions including the travelling exhibition, Lady Dior As Seen By.

To this day, Dior holds its stance on the forefront of fashion and maintains a strong creative ethos based on Japanese culture. After presenting Dior's Esprit Pre-Fall 15 collection in the Kokugikan, one of the country's sumo wrestling arenas, current creative director Raf Simons said "It's a sublime city to be in," adding, "From a fashion point of view, they take so much liberty to express themselves."

Tokyo collection

Discover the relationship in more detail via Dior's special video below:

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