Christian Dior, Couturier Du Rêve
Exhibition, Musée des Arts Décoratif, Paris, France
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior, this lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites visitors on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the House of Dior’s founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri. The selection of over 300 haute couture gowns has a unifying thread of emotions, life stories, affinities, inspirations, creations and legacies. Alongside the dresses is the most wide-ranging display to date of atelier toiles and fashion photographs, as well as hundreds of documents and fashion accessories, including hats, jewellery, bags, shoes and perfume bottles.
Alongside the exhibition, a book is also being launched. In 1947 – seventy years ago – Christian Dior presented his first collection and heralded the birth of a new fashion silhouette for women. After the austerity of the war years, the cinched waistlines, full skirts and soft shoulders of the New Look signalled a revival of Parisian luxury. Paris regained its place as the global capital of fashion and the name of Dior became a synonym for haute couture. For this book, designed by Fabien Baron, seventy of the most memorable looks created by Christian Dior and his successors – Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri – have been specially selected and photographed in intimate detail.
These wonderful designs are also featured in original sketches, runway shots and fashion shoots by the world’s greatest fashion photographers.