In focus: A look at Christian Dior's relationship with Japan
The French designer's strong connection with the Land of the Rising Sun
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.
"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.
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."
Discover the relationship in more detail via Dior's special video below: