Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

London's V&A to host major retrospective of the legendary fashion designer


French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (1936 - 2008) in London, 11th November 1958. He is preparing for the following day's Dior Autumn collection show to an audience including Princess Margaret, at Blenheim Palace. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
From February 2, 2019 until July 14, 2019
Spanning 1947 to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will trace 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.
As well as featuring pieces from the Dior Archives, the exhibition will also showcase highlights from the V&A’s extensive Couture collections, including the iconic Bar Suit, gifted to the museum by the House of Dior in 1960.
The exhibition will present over 500 objects, with over 200 rare Haute Couture garments shown alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, perfume, make-up, illustrations, magazines, and Christian Dior’s personal possessions.
Oriole Cullen, Fashion and Textiles Curator at the V&A, 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 V&A recognised Dior’s important contribution to design history early-on in his career, acquiring his sketches and garments from the 1950s onwards.'
'The influence of Christian Dior’s design was all-pervasive and helped to define an era. In their own individual ways, each of the House’s successive artistic directors have referenced and reinterpreted Dior’s own designs and continued the legacy of the founder, ensuring that the House of Christian Dior is at the forefront of fashion today. More than seventy years after its founding, the V&A’s exhibition will celebrate the enduring influence of the House of Dior and uncover Dior’s relationship with Britain.'