The Restoration of Dior’s Paris Flagship Doubles as a Background for a Couture Installation
Creative Mind Robert Polidori’s photographs of sartorial pieces from the maison’s archives, set against building’s deconstructed spaces, are presented in a glorious new tome
Acclaimed for his haunting images of ruins and restorations around the world, Robert Polidori meticulously captures every detail of an environment in his large-format prints. For his latest project, the photographer, also a 2021 Creative Mind, turns his lens on Dior’s historic 30 Avenue Montaigne location in Paris.
During the extensive renovation, Polidori was granted unfettered access to the evolution of the hôtel particulier, often composing striking vignettes of vintage Dior pieces surrounded by the building’s exposed bones. Published in the new volume Dior Métamorphose (Rizzoli), the evocative images present the space before, during, and after construction while quietly conveying the timeless power of the maison’s designs.
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2023 Spring Issue under the headline “Garment Construction.” Subscribe to the magazine.