The V&A Museum hosts a major fashion exhibition of Christian Dior, perhaps the biggest one since the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty that took place in the Museum in 2015. The exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” explores the art of the famous fashion designer as well as the history of the brand right from the days Dior opened his couturier in 1947. At the heart of the exhibition there is a display from the previous major Dior show organized by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, since the main feature of the Designer of the Dreams is its British accent.
Dior never concealed his fascination with British culture and even more: British traditions, British politeness, British architecture and British cooking — Christian Dior declared love for all of this. Perhaps for that reason he felt so highly honored to create Princess Margaret’s 21 birthday dress — the tremendous evening gown became widely known because of the Cecil Beaton’s photo, 1951. The dress is proudly presented at the exhibition.
Many would agree upon that Princess Margaret’s dress is a jewel in the exhibition’s crown, however it’s quite disputable. Charlize Theron’s J’adore gown might appeal more to some of today’s fashionistas (thanks to the brilliant J’adore ad of 2004), while others would prefer Cannes dresses by Dior created exclusively for Rihanna, Elle Fanning and Lupita Nyong’o.
The exhibition displays about 500 objects among which there are evening gowns, dresses and women costumes all representing the Dior’s idea of New Look, fashion drawings and sketchings, showcases accessories from Diorama section as well as looks created by the followers — the 6 creative directors that navigated the brand after Dior’s death in 1957.
The show will go on until July 14, 2019. The main curators of the exhibition are Oriole Cullen, the V&A fashion and textiles curator and Nathalie Crinière, set designer.
Find out more information at the official website of the V&A: https://www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/dior-designer-of-dreams