Christian Dior: Designer Of Dreams

Christian Dior by John Galliano (b.1960), Haute Couture, Autumn/Winter 2004 Photo © Laziz Hamani Dior Héritage collection, Paris

Christian Dior by John Galliano (b.1960), Haute Couture, Autumn/Winter 2004
Photo © Laziz Hamani
Dior Héritage collection, Paris

 

The House of Dior is coming to the V&A museum, for one of its biggest exhibition to hit the UK, think along the lines of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty that went on spectacular display in 2015.

Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.

It will explore, for the first time, Christian Dior’s fascination with British culture and his admiration for its grand houses and gardens as well as his fondness for Saville Row suits, his early British clients including author Nancy Mitford and ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations.

 
There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking.
— Christian Dior
 
Royal Portrait of Princess Margaret on her 21st birthday Photograph by Cecil Beaton (1904–1980) © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Royal Portrait of Princess Margaret on her 21st birthday Photograph by Cecil Beaton (1904–1980)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Expect to see Haute Couture garments, accessories, fashion photography, film, vintage perfume, original makeup and some of Christian Dior’s personal possessions.

The exhibition will take us through designs from the house’s successive artistic directors, from Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano, to Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri and how each of them stayed true to Dior’s vision while bringing their own creativity.

 
Yves Saint Laurent in front of Christian Dior London, 11th November 1958 © Popperfoto/Getty Images

Yves Saint Laurent in front of Christian Dior London, 11th November 1958
© Popperfoto/Getty Images

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.
— Oriole Cullen, Fashion and Textiles Curator at the V&A
 

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
V&A Museum, London
2 February – 14 July 2019

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Christian Dior (1905–57), Avril, Dress, Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 1955, A Line
Gift of Mrs. Philippe Hecht, 962.18.A-B
Photo © Laziz Hamani

Object courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum Dior Héritage collection, Paris

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Christian Dior with model Lucky, circa 1955 Courtesy of Christian Dior

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

fashion, lifestyle, artsBy Kerrie W