31 Jan “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams”, 70 Years Later
After having brought the most fashionable circus to town, the House of Dior is now celebrating 72 years of fashion success and gifting the world with another opportunity to take in the beauty that is Haute Dior. “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams”, opens February 2nd and runs through July 19th at The Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It is said to be the largest UK show since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.
The exhibition is based on the 2017 show in Paris, “Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve” with a strong British influence and a majority of new content. The love this French designer had for Britain is apparent throughout the exhibit as there are several spotlights showcasing Britain based fashion shows and work done with British manufacturers.
Serving as a celebration of couture with some of the most exquisite pieces being anywhere from 65 to 70 years old, this exhibition reflects on the evolvement of woman’s fashion under the direction of Mr. Dior and of the Dior house creative directors that followed him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. The magic of Dior is captured by focusing on the haute couture dresses and the emphasis on pieces that are both physically and visually grand and impressive.
Dior’s Bar Suit, a pleated wool skirt and silk shantung jacket with a 19-inch waist is expected to be the exhibition’s all time favorite. It’s famously referred to as, “The New Look”, named by Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Carmel Snow, the look started a revolution in a time in which fabric was scarce.
Bar Suit by Dior
With so much chaos around the world, Brexit included, one could see this courtship between a french man and the British world as a breath of fresh air. Perhaps, even if only briefly, we can pause and take in the beauty within the world and reflect how we’ve created it together.
Can’t make it to London? Visit the Denver Art Museum who is showcasing an exhibition on the legacy and global influence of the House of Dior. “Dior from Paris to the World” is on view through March 17, 2019.
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