The V&A Museum in London celebrates the work of Christian Dior with a major exhibition entitled “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams”. The London exhibition incorporates the one organized last year by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris with the addition of a new section that explores the links between Dior and Great Britain.
Dior admired the grandeur of the English mansions and gardens, the luxury of the transatlantic ships, including the Queen Mary, as well as the sartorial dresses of Savile Row. The exhibition collects 200 original clothes, accessories, photographs, magazines and illustrations. Starting from 1947, the year in which the great French couturier presented his first collection and goes all the way to the new artistic directors (including Marc Bohan, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferrè, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri) who took over the Maison after Dior’s death in 1957.
Curated by Oriole Cullen and divided into 11 sections, the exhibition, will be open until next July 14th. The exhibition explores the couturier’s many sources of inspiration ranging from horticulture to travel, from history to decorative arts of the eighteenth century. The link between the female universe and the world of flowers, of roses in particular, which inspired the famous corolla silhouettes of Dior’s dresses, was also very detailed. Dior used to say: “After the women, flowers are the most divine creations.”
Above: Victoria and Albert Museum, London