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Blackpink’s Jisoo returned to Paris last month for Christian Dior’s fall/winter 2023-2024 show, but she did more than just sit front row. The K-pop singer and house ambassador spent the day before the runway show learning more about Dior’s history—and the women who most inspired Christian Dior, including his sister Catherine—during a private visit to the house’s archives, known as Dior Heritage.
In the video above, shot by Melina Triana and Benjamin Vu and exclusively premiering on ELLE.com, Jisoo takes fans behind the scenes of her Paris visit and her intimate tour of the house’s archives and history. “I can’t wait to see which archive pieces will be referenced by [Creative Director] Maria Grazia Chiuri in her collection,” Jisoo said.
Jisoo, who has an older brother and sister, was particularly moved by the story of Catherine Diro, who inspired Miss Dior. “The story of Christian Dior’s younger sister Catherine was very emotional,” Jisoo reflected, after learning her story and seeing photos of her. “She had a tough life but the fact that she found the strength within to rebuild her life really impressed me. I’m excited to see Maria Grazia Chiuri’s work inspired by Catherine Dior’s story.”
“One can believe Christian Dior was the main character of the house of Dior, but I got to learn that he actually had many exceptional women by his side,” she continued. “I was very moved hearing the stories of these characters who are not well-known.”
Jisoo learned that her favorite flower, lily of the valley, has important an significance to Dior, too. She was able to view a couple archival dresses that featured the flower in their print and design.
Of the show itself the next day, Jisoo gave a glowing review, saying, “That was yet another spectacular collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri. The pieces inspired by the flower prints I saw yesterday in the archives were particularly fascinating. Once again, I loved this unforgettable experience with Dior. See you soon in Paris!”
Watch her full diary above, and look through intimate photos of her Dior Heritage visit, taken by Pierre Mouton, below:
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Alyssa Bailey is the senior news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she’s not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.