Bloor-Yorkville has always been the place to shop for your luxury brand needs, and we are excited to announce that Christian Dior will be opening their two-level, flagship store at 131 Bloor Street West next year.
After Chanel announced their move to Yorkville Avenue, Dior stepped in to take over Chanel’s previous space in The Colonnade. Dior will also be using the space formerly occupied by The Japan Foundation, making the expansion approximately 13,400 square feet on two floors.
Founded in 1946 in France, the House of Dior was a private house on Avenue Montaigne in Paris, where the first boutique remains, 70 years later! In 1947, Dior debuted a collection of 90 different looks on mannequins, which were appreciated by those in the haute-couture world, thus regaining Paris’ name as the capital of fashion, after their fashion decline during World War II.
The Dior brand expanded to New York City in 1949. In the 1950’s, Dior fashions could be seen donned on celebrities including Marlene Dietrich and Ava Gardner. After his death in 1957, the brand lived on and expanded. Elizabeth Taylor loved the brand, as did Princess Grace of Monaco. Dior dresses graced many guests at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.
With a few ups and downs financially, over the years, the brand grew and remains firm and well-known worldwide. With over 200 retail locations around the world, Christian Dior products spans from ready-to-wear and haute-couture clothing, fashion accessories, footwear and leather goods to fragrance, make-up and skincare products.
The interior of the store is sure to be the talk of the town, as many locations reflect the Peter Marino-designed Dior Flagship in Paris. In London, there are silk carpets and furniture in the neo-Louis XVI style. In Vancouver, the store features a Louis XVI style marble and Bronze antique fireplace, and original artwork commissioned from contemporary artists. Bookmark our Blog for future exciting retail openings in Bloor-Yorkville, and to get up-to-date information of the opening date of Christian Dior.