This article originally appeared in issue 3 of ODOU magazine
under the title Meeting In The Garden
Christian Dior is one of a tiny number of brands capable of striking a balance between the exclusive and the accessible. Several houses aspire to a similar status, but few pull it off: they either overplay the common touch or they build their ivory towers too high. But Dior - together with two, perhaps three, others - is at home both in the most run-down branches of suburban chemists and in its own, impeccably decorated boutiques with their poker-faced doormen-cum-bouncers. Its name is familiar to the vast majority of high street shoppers, yet it has also been deemed worthy of inclusion at Harrods' new Salon De Parfums, a fitting testament to the extraordinary breadth of its impact.