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V&A Extends Blockbuster Christian Dior Exhibition – Here is how to get your tickets

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The V&A announced it will extend its sell-out Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition after tickets for the entire run sold out three weeks after opening on 2 February

The five-star exhibition originally scheduled to run until 14 July 2019, will now be extended by seven weeks to Sunday 1 September 2019, with additional tickets now available through the V&A’s website.
Building on strong pre-sales, the exhibition sold out all remaining pre-bookable tickets from the five-month run within 19 days of opening. To-date, 121,566 visitors have experienced the exhibition since it opened last month.

Christian Dior with model Sylvie, circa 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior

Throughout the extended run, the V&A will release additional exhibition tickets on the 15th of each month for the month ahead. A limited number of tickets are available to purchase daily at 10.00 from the V&A’s Grand Entrance on a first-come, first served basis, while V&A members attend free-of-charge with no need to book.

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said:

“In 1947, Christian Dior changed the face of fashion, creating a lasting legacy that continues to inspire today. The V&A has a history of staging
revelatory fashion exhibitions, and there is always a hugely engaged audience for these. We knew that Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams would be popular, but we have been overwhelmed by the phenomenal visitor response to-date. I would like to thank our visitors who have gone to such great lengths to see this extraordinary exhibition so far. I am delighted
that we can extend the run, ensuring that as many people as possible have the chance to see it before it closes.”

Christian Dior by John Galliano, J’adore, Dress, Haute Couture, 2008 (custom-made) Photo (c) Laziz Hamani. Christian Dior Parfums collection, Paris

The V&A’s Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is the most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior and the museum’s biggest fashion exhibition since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015.

From 1947 to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him, to explore the enduring influence of the fashion house.

Princess Margaret (1930-2002), photo Cecil Beaton (1904-80), London, UK, 1951. © Cecil Beaton, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The opening of the exhibition in late January was celebrated with special guests including Gemma Arterton, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Olga Kurylenko, Jenna Coleman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Noomi Rapace, Bianca Jagger, Eva Herzigova and Edward Enninful, demonstrating the impact of Christian Dior and the House he created over 70 years ago today.

Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, it is reimagined for the V&A, with over 60 per cent of the objects unique to this exhibition, and a brand-new section exploring the designer’s fascination with British culture.

The exhibition brings to the V&A an in-depth and wide-ranging study of the unique Haute Couture garments to explore the total design vision of Christian Dior and the craftsmanship of the ateliers from 1947 to today.

Drawn from the extensive Dior Archives, the exhibition presents over 500 objects, with over 200 rare Haute Couture garments shown alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, vintage perfume, original make-up, illustrations, magazines, and Christian Dior’s personal possessions.

Sketch by Christian Dior for model Oxford, Spring-Summer 1947 Haute Couture collection © Christian Dior

It also showcases highlights from the V&A’s world-class Couture collections, including the iconic Bar Suit, gifted to the museum by the House of Dior in 1960 with the help of Cecil Beaton.

The exhibition also spotlights on the key creative partners of the House from the past 70 years, including Roger Vivier, Stephen Jones, René Gruau, Serge Lutens and Swarovski, Christian Dior’s first choice for crystals to embellish his creations.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams runs at the V&A until 1 September 2019.

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