Granville is a small, charming town in Normandy, where French fashion designer Christian Dior (1905-1957) was born a bit more than a century ago. Some of his most cherished childhood memories were of the times he spent in the gardens that his mother kept at their family home. Later, as an adult and designer, it was Dior's turn to make women look as beautiful as the blooming flowers of his childhood. Dior also adopted a blossom from his home garden, the lily-of-the-valley, as a symbol of his success. Dior affirmed many times that his artistic sense was strongly influenced by the architecture of his home and its surroundings. The trees in his garden grew just like him - facing against the wind and the waves of the ocean. Having inherited his mother's passion for flowers, the designer claimed to feel best in a garden environment among the plants and flowerbeds. He avidly studied flower catalogues and learned the names of numerous flowers by heart.
The Dior family residence is painted in a soft, rose- pink tone, and the garden's rose-covered terraces offer a fantastic view of the ocean waves below. The house's foundations are in grey stone, with pink and grey later becoming one of Dior's most recognizable traits on the fashion stage. Another reason for visiting Granville this summer is the Stars in Dior exhibition, which can be seen at the Dior residence until September 23. Here one will find Dior designer clothes once worn both on and off the screen by such legendary movie divas as Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and Penelope Cruz, from the 1940s to the present.
Musée et Jardin Christan Dior
Villa Les Rhumbs, 50400 Granville
Keywords: Granville, park, garden