An encounter with Christian Dior
Do you love glitter and sequins? Are you fascinated by the world of fashion and luxury? Then the Musée Christian Dior in Granville is the place for you. Step into the museum and find out about the history and life of the famous fashion designer through his work, which was inspired by the Manche.
Enjoy the exhibitions at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville
Every year, the museum presents a new exhibition, giving visitors insights into the private life of the fashion designer and information on his work, his aspirations and his preferences. Guided tours are also available, when you can find out all the secrets of the exhibition in place. The museum occasionally borrows pieces from elsewhere for certain exhibitions.
Different events are also organised throughout the year. Step into the shoes of a stylist or an apprentice perfumer for a few hours!
The Musée Christian Dior in Granville: a family home
The “Villa Les Rhumbs” is the childhood home of Christian Dior. This grand house with its pink façade overlooking the town of Granville was an inspiring place for the designer. In his biography, he said :
I have the fondest, most delightful memories of my childhood home. What can I say? My life and my style owe almost everything to its location and its architecture.
Despite being very attached to this house, the Dior family nevertheless had to sell it in 1932 because of the economic crisis. The town of Granville bought the villa and it became the Musée Christian Dior, one of the only museums in France dedicated to a fashion designer. It has also received the “Maison des Illustres” label, which showcases places whose “vocation is to preserve and pass on the memory of the women and men who distinguished themselves in the political, social and cultural history of France”.
The Dior house and its enchanting garden
Christian Dior’s childhood home is set in a delightful garden, where a number of features designed by the Dior family still exist, such as the pergola and its reflecting pool. In summer, the garden is full of colour and a walk around it provides a real feast for the senses. Enjoy the pretty flower beds and the rose garden, or stop for a treat in the tea room “La Rose du Rocher”. As you stroll around this haven of greenery in the heart of Granville, it’s easy to see why Christian Dior was so fond of the place. The garden has stunning sea views that are as relaxing as they are inspiring.
Practical information: the garden is open all year, free of charge.