NIKA ZUPANC PARTICIPATES AT MISS DIOR EXHIBITION

BRAVO MISS NIKA!
Nika Zupanc participates at Miss Dior Exhibition in Paris
By Igor Vidovic

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One of BDW’s favorite guest speakers, young Slovenian designer NIKA ZUPANC, was commissioned to do what we consider to be a dream job: set design for an exhibition at Galerie courbe / Grand Palais in Paris, dedicated to Miss Dior, a celebrated fragrance of the legendary Parisian fashion house of Dior. The exhibit takes place from November 13 to November 25, 2013.

Miss Dior exhibition showcases the timeless, modern character of this fragrance. It traces a dialogue between Art and Dior, eternal ally to artists. Fifteen female artists have been invited to freely interpret the signature codes of Miss Dior. These artists pay tribute not only to one of the greatest couturiers of all time, but also to the subversive spirit of a perfume that has earned its place in history.

 

The project titled: Room of one’s own by Nika Zupanc for Miss Dior, demonstrates that Nika’s design sensibility resonates perfectly with the spirit of Christian Dior, embodying the essence of femininity and Parisian style. It is all about “that heady feeling when you encounter a fragrance, blown up into a larger-than-love object”, says Nika. Her inspiration came from the bow on Miss Dior bottle and she created a presentation case adorned with dainty pink bows. She conceived a Room of one’s own inspired by Virginia Woolf’s essay. The room is pink and black walls are decorated with the signature Dior “cannage” stitch motif, and a chair with a bow for a back sits enthroned within. This is a space dedicated to writing and reflection. “It has just enough space for the very fabulous but utterly basic tools needed for heart searching – a table, a chair and a lamp”. It is “a metaphysical sanctuary with emancipatory potential, an invitation to hide and seek.”
If you happen to be in Paris for the exhibition, lucky you!!! If not, here are some of the works by these amazing women: (http://www.dior.com/couture/en_gb/the-house-of-dior/exhibitions/miss-dior)

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Nika Zupanc with the face of Miss Dior: Natalie Portman

P.S. Check out Nika at Belgrade Design Week 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcfz2IVzKtA

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