Dior is set to stage its Resort 2017 collection in Oxfordshire, England tomorrow (May 31st ) at Blenheim Palace. The opulent 18th century location—that played host to two previous Dior shows—will serve as the backdrop to the label’s latest offering designed by its in-house team (led by Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier). The House’s return to the noteworthy landmark—half a century later—serves to add further speculation as to who will replace former creative director Raf Simons following his surprise exit last October. Ahead of the Dior Resort 2017 show in England, we round up five things to know about the brand’s historic ties with the monumental location.
1.The baroque mansion is traditionally the principle residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and it was the birthplace and childhood home of Winston Churchill—Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 until 1945.
2.In 1954, Christian Dior himself was invited by the then-Duchess of Marlborough to showcase his Fall couture collection of 100 pieces, which included “la robe Blenheim,” a pink, satin gown designed specifically for the occasion.
3.The two-hour salon style showcase that saw models snake through halls and nine state rooms in the palace was filled with 2,000 guests and attended by the late Princess Margaret.
4.In 1958—a year after the passing of Monsieur Dior and under the helm of Yves Saint Laurent —the House returned to the palace to host another show that was also attended by Princess Margaret.
5.Dior’s historic connections with the British estate suggest that Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton will assume the role as Dior’s creative director. The impending announcement gains momentum as the brand gears up to celebrate its 70th anniversary in December.
Below, watch a teaser ahead of tomorrow’s Dior Resort 2017 show.