"Christian Dior was one of the first people in Paris to take an interest in selling my 'unsellable' Surrealist paintings", said Salvador Dalí. Ever before making his first fashion drawings, Christian Dior possessed an unconditional passion for art. In 1928, he opened a gallery with Jacques Bonjean, then a second, in 1931, with Pierre Colle. The three of them showed a number of talented artists, both renowned and unknown, including Salvador Dalí, with whom Christian Dior would establish an unwavering friendship.
In 1951, for Charles de Beistegui’s extravagant and legendary ‘Ball of the Century’ in Venice, Christian Dior conceived a procession of giants in the majestic Palazzo Labia, where he himself was disguised as a ghost of Venice, with Salvador Dalí in a costume created specially for him by the couturier. We invite you to relive, in pictures, that incredible event forever cherished by these two friends: a means of escapism through the magic of art, celebration and culture propelled by an unlimited imagination. #DiorStandsWithYou
© Dior: Dalí dress, Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 1949, Milieu du Siècle line. © Photo Pierre Perrotino: Salvador Dalí, Christian Dior, Marie-Louise Bousquet and Victor Grampierre dressed as Giants in the streets of Venice before the ball given by Charles de Beistegui at the Labia Palace in 1951.