Natalie Portman arrived at the Canned Film Festival 2023 held at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France wearing one of Dior’s most venerated dresses called ‘The Junon’. One Twitter user posted this tweet about the dress and it has gained 9.3 million views and 71.6K likes.
In the thread, the user stated that she was pretty sure that the dress is a custom remake by MGC rather than the original piece.
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The dress also has a sister! A similar design but with slightly different details. It’s called Venus.
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The Met describes both dresses on its website,
“By 1949, Christian Dior’s instinct for calibrated innovations of the body’s “line” had established him as fashion’s preeminent arbiter. That year, dresses called “Venus” and “Junon,” or Hera to the Greeks, were among the most coveted of his designs. Dior’s Venus was realized in the delicate eighteenth-century gray that was his signature, frosted with iridescent beading and embroidery. But his Junon is more vividly conceived. The magnificent skirt of ombréed petals, like abstractions of peacock feathers without their “eyes,” obliquely references the bird associated with the Queen of the Olympians. Emanuel Ungaro’s classical gown (1993.345.15a-c), like the magnificent peplos and capacious himation befitting the noblest Olympian goddess, is discrete in its coverage”.
Ever since its creation, Junon has been displayed in exhibitions seven times from 1968 to 2016. The intricacies of the details have inspired other designers to recreate them like the one below.
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The inspired dress above was worn by none other than the famous former Disney artist, Miley Cyrus in 2009 during the Oscars. The designer for her dress was Zuhair Murad.
It is normal for old couture dresses to be recreated as the original dress, due to the fact that it’s old, and can be extremely fragile. This is the case of Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday Mr President’ dress when Kim Kardashian wore it to the Met Gala in 2022. At the time, she was allegedly accused of ruining the dress beyond repair. However, according to Vogue, she had only worn it for a matter of minutes before changing into a replica.