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The Art Perspective blog is a collection of thoughts, musings, and reflections on art, artists, and current happenings in the art world. 

Dior Arrives in Vancouver

In 1946, Christian Dior founded his eponymous brand and it remains a powerhouse luxury goods house to this day. Often referenced in pop culture, art, and music, from artists like Foxy Brown to Kanye West. Dior as it is commonly referred to, is part of the international luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, headed by Bernard Arnault.

There are many divisions within the Dior brand, from ready-to-wear, to skincare, and of course footwear; but perhaps the brand is most well known for it's women's wear division led by current creative director, Raf Simons. With its new boutique now open, in the historic Hotel Vancouver, clients will have the privilege of not only shopping Dior's women wear collections, but also its Dior Homme line, designed by creative director Kris Van Assche.

The Dior boutique at the Hotel Vancouver has been designed as a multi-dimensional space incorporating luxe materials and truly reflecting the heritage of this storied brand. Additional highlights include a Louis XVI inspired marble and bronze antique fireplace in the evening salon and an Aquarius designed light installation in the fine jewelry salon. The boutique itself takes you on a journey over two floors, with each salon welcoming you into a different aspect of the Dior brand. The second floor even boasts a personal VIP shopping suite.

The designs, and brand heritage alone would be enough to warrant a full profile here, but it is the attention to detail, and work with true artisans within the Dior boutiques that we are going to highlight today. A Dior boutique has to embody the brand experience and to achieve this Dior enlists the help of several prominent artists to enhance the already enticing Dior aesthetic.

Rob Wynne was commissioned to create the cosmic ceiling glass and glass text; a stainless steel and quartz cocktail table was created by Damian Garrido; India Mahdavi crafted the Bishop stool; a table entitled Fillo was produced by Alexander Lamont; Christopher Schanck was commissioned to create a bench; and lastly artist and cinematographer Yoram created a video wall along the staircase connecting the two floors of the boutique.

We cannot think of a better way to blend art and fashion, than by literally commissioning such works as Dior has done here. The brand approaches each new boutique in this way, identifying the best artists to collaborate with to ensure a truly spectacular shopping experience. With Dior having raised the bar amongst its Hotel Vancouver competition including Gucci, Omega, St. John, and a Louis Vuitton maison , one thing is certain, if you are in search of world class art, you no longer need to cross the street to the Vancouver Art Gallery.