Dior Heritage has just moved into swanky new digs, referred to rather fabulously as One Dior, in Avenue Montaigne, steps away from the couture house at number 31. One Dior is most definitely a working space; although you could mistake it for a museum, the public sadly won’t get to visit. Step inside, from a discreet entrance via a grand courtyard, over a threshold of Blue de Savoie marble, past the grey Vladimir Kagan ‘Serpentine’ sofa, and you’ll come across a curved plaster wall finished in the cannage pattern (inspired by a woven cane salon chair), a Dior house code first used as a print on a silk blouse in 1951. A window of incised glass offers a glimpse into a space where garments are received after restoration or prepared for loans to museums – such as the Hepworth Wakefield, currently showing a cocktail dress from the 1952 Profilée line as part of Jonathan Anderson’s ‘Disobedient Bodies’ exhibition. With its Corian-topped tables, oak parquet in a herringbone pattern echoing the salons of Dior HQ across the avenue and shelves neatly stacked with lidded containers, this room is white, bright and light.
The accessories area is slightly more theatrical; black steel shelving is lined with grey custom-made boxes filled with hats, shoes and jewellery. Conditions, as for the rest of the storage facility, are rigorously controlled. Conservation-friendly lighting does not exceed 50 lux, humidity is set be between 45 and 50 per cent and temperature between 18 and 20°C. The boxes take OCD organising to another level. Each is labelled and numbered in 16-point Cochin LT type, in line with Dior Heritage’s brand identity. For each pair of shoes, a fully shaped box liner and shoe tree have been individually formed (in acid-free materials and chic Dior grey) so the shoes can be viewed without being touched, and kept perfectly in shape.
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