At the start of the SS23 season, Dior unveiled an unprecedented exhibition at 30 Avenue Montaigne, a collection of works by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne from the Dorothée Lalanne collection that will last until October 9th. The exhibition was held under the starry autumn night at one of Dior’s most iconic locations. Twenty one-of-a-kind sculptures from the collection were spread throughout the boutique.
Dorothée was the duo’s daughter and she’s offering up these twenty pieces that will sold at an organized Sotheby’s auction on November 3rd in the City of Lights. Most may not realize but before Mr. Dior was a fashion designer, he was the owner of an art gallery. Avant-garde was his passion and in 1957, the Lalanne’s met Mr. Dior. The three began a friendship and the duo’s artwork was connected with the House of Dior. Their work was seen throughout Mr. Dior’s Avenue Montaigne and Rue Franćois 1st corner boutique, especially at the 1955 opening.
Claude Lalanne continued doing commissioned pieces for the House well into the early 2000s. In 2007, architect Peter Marino wanted sculpted in a circular bench, the interlacing of silvery ginkgo leaves for key Dior addresses around the world.
And, when the House’s Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri created her first Haute Couture show in Paris, she called on Claude to create the jewelry for the collection. “The creations of the sculptress displayed conjured-up flora and fauna, exalting the enchanting magic of couture,” shares the House in notes.
For almost two weeks, visitors to 30 Avenue Montaigne- a newly reimaged space itself- are able to view the soon-to-be actionable items from Grand Mouflon de Pauline, Rhinocéros, and Williamsburg bench. Some singular art pieces have been chosen from Isa Genzken’s sculptural rose, an aerial piece by designer Paul Cocksedge and floral pieces by Azuma Makoto.
More information about the pieces and the auction can be found on Sothebys.com.