Tag Archives: Christian Dior

Haute Couture Report: Christian Dior @ The Musée Rodin in Paris

Excellent location: The Dior haute couture collection was presented at The Musee Rodin in Paris. Image via Paris Vogue via Twitpic.

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Conversations On A Banquette: Haute Couture Designer Adeline André

“Mon travail est basé sur le corps, les mouvements, la vie,” says haute couture designer Adeline André, which, translated, means “My work is based on the body, movements, life.” In 1997, André, who studied with Salvador Dali and trained alongside Marc Bohan at the House of Christian Dior, became one of the 10 official members of Paris’ prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture and since 1981, the year she opened her own atelier, she has consistently presented outstandingly inventive, modern and marvelously minimalist collections, which have redefined the notion of what couture means. We first became aware of André’s Excellent aesthetic in the ‘80s while living in Paris, following an introduction by our great friend, the artist Valentin Durathon. Here, The EP catches up with her yet again to discuss, bilingually, her chic technique.  To read the full interview, please click HERE. (Downloadable PDF)

Haute Excellence: Adeline Andre (right) dresses a model during the presentation of her Spring/Summer 2011 collection in Paris, July 5, 2010. Image via Makiko Kishi, courtesy Adeline André.

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A Man of Excellence: Ewan McGregor, for Vogue, in Christian Dior

Presenting His Excellency Ewan McGregor, dressed in Christian Dior, as photographed by Peter Lindbergh, for the July 2010 issue of American Vogue.

An Excellent Man: Ewan McGregor, dressed in Christian Dior for Vogue. Image via Peter Lindbergh for Vogue via Twitpic.

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Presenting the Boom Boom Room on the 18th Floor of His Excellency Andre Balazs‘ risque Standard Hotel in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, recently dubbed “The New Studio 54” by Jacob Bernstein for Tina Brown‘s The Daily Beast.

Inside the Excellent Boom Boom Room. Image by Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Dior via Tina Brown's The Daily Beast.

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Presenting the outstanding photographs and furniture of Italian-born bon vivant Willy Rizzo, premiere nominee for the 2009 Excellent People Awards for Outstanding Acheivement in Excellency, Design Division. Excellent Willy Rizzo exhibition currently on view at Mallett, Antique Dealers of Distinction in London and New York, sponsored by Mallet and Paul Smith, also Excellent in his own right. Nomination submission by an anonymous reader of The Excellent People, discreetly, at TheExcellentPeople@gmail.com.

Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin as photograped by Willy Rizzo. Image via exhibition Mattett catalgoue

The Excellent Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin, 1965, Paris, as photographed by Willy Rizzo. "I invited them to my studio without making them aware of each other's presence, as they were not then on very friendly terms. They mellowed later."


Christian Dior, 1949, Atelier Dior. "The revolution of the New Look in fashion. Christian Dior lengthened skirts; scandalous. This photo became famous everywhere." An indisputably Outstanding Achievement in Excellency.


Salvidor Dali, 1950. "When I arrived at his place, I searched the apartment to find the best angle for the shot, but his face was so spectacular that when he asked me 'What are we going to do?' I picked up the magnifying glass from the desk and just photographed him." Very Excellent close-up.

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More Excellency photographed by Willy Rizzo, various years.


Circular revolving coffee table. Cloudy brown lacquer with brass basin designed by Willy Rizzo. Height: 13 in (34cm). Depth: 45 in (115cm). This table is found in a number of colors and in steel. Excellent options.

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Decor by Willy Rizzo.

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Additional decor by Willy Rizzo.


The Excellent game of backgammon. Tric trac table by Willy Rizzo. Game table with reversible top and drawer. The board in leather. The reversible top framed in steel and brass. Height: 30 in (76cm). Width: 33in (85cm). Depth: 33in. (85cm). All previous Excellent images via the Mallett Willy Rixxo exhibition catalogue. To view, copy and paste http://viewer.zmags.co.uk/publication/1c0d4223#/1c0d4223/1

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