The much-awaited Christian Dior exhibition has landed in London and it’s everything you hoped it would be.
Since its huge success in Paris, the UK has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams on its shores. So when the hotly anticipated exhibition opened its doors at the weekend, boy-oh-boy it did not disappoint.
Housed in the V&A museum’s Sainsbury Gallery, the glamorous retrospective on the life and works of the father of fashion have been unveiled over 11 rooms. This makes it the largest spectacle of its kind in the country and the biggest fashion orientated show since the jaw-dropper of Alexander McQueen: Savage Fashion.
Fashion curator Oriole Cullen is responsible for bringing this dazzling gem to the UK capital, re-working it from its French original Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, to wow British crowds.
The incredible display takes audiences on an awe-inspiring journey through Dior’s artistry, as well as the history of one of the most famous and defining fashion houses in the world.
Oriole Cullen said: “In 1947, Christian Dior changed the face of fashion with his New Look, which redefined the female silhouette and reinvigorated the post-War Parisian fashion industry. The influence of Christian Dior’s design was all-pervasive and helped to define an era.”
One of the most coveted items on show is, of course, Dior’s iconic Bar Suit from his 1947 New Look collection, where viewers can admire the minuscule waist of the jacket up close.
Another highlight is the beautiful ‘Cinderella’ gown Dior designed for Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday, captured famously on film by Cecil Beaton. As well as this obvious standout, there are more of Dior’s genius designs from the private show for the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret hosted at the French Embassy in 1950.
It’s no secret Dior was extremely talented and continues to produce stunning garments at the hands of exceptionally skilled tailors and ateliers. So it really is a wonder to witness some of the house’s historic archives, as well as design and construction methods in their full glory.
And if fairytale frocks and gowns fit for the A-list are your thing, then you will be spellbound by the sublime creations at the end of the show, which celebrates 70 years of glamour.
This section features a mesmerizing array of dresses, each one created by an artistic director of the house, many of which have been worn by members of Hollywood elite such as Charlize Theron, Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence.
New for the UK version of this extraordinary offering is a section which serves as a celebration of Dior’s love of the quintessential British charm. Here fans of the fashion master can peruse objects, journeying through his admiration of the royal family, country life and even good old fashioned British food.
The sensational selection of over 200 artefacts on show, incorporates haute couture masterpieces, photographs, films, sketches and rare personal items from the founder himself.
And if you’re a lover of perfume and make-up, you can marvel at the spectacular, original bottle of Miss Dior as it shimmers its blue crystal delights at admiring beauty addicts and fashionistas alike.
These are just a few tit-bits lying in wait for you to explore. The whole enchanting spectacle is a joy from start to finish and an absolute must see, not just for admirers of the designer or followers of fashion, but for costumiers and anyone with an eye for beauty and an appreciation of art, design and history.
The exhibition is running from 2nd February until 14th July 2019, so get your tickets now!
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