Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
A cut above the rest
This exhibition will be a defining moment for fashion at the Victoria and Albert museum.
Tristram Hunt, V&A Director
A true trailblazer, in 1947 couturier Christian Dior lit up the fashion world with his ‘New Look’. This landmark exhibition traces the designer’s sartorial statements from the post-war period to the present day. As well as telling Dior’s own story, this exhibition also features the work of the six artistic directors who succeeded him.
Highlights include Princess Margaret’s fairy-tale 21st birthday dress, Jennifer Lawrence’s red-carpet couture, glamorous items worn by dancer Margot Fonteyn, and Dior’s prized ‘lucky star’ – an old metal token the designer found outside the British embassy in Paris.
As the show’s fashion and textiles curator, Oriole Cullen, says “it’s quite phenomenal to think that every single garment in the show is handmade. Throughout the 70 years of the house, we see the high points and the amazing imagination of the designers at the helm. The garments themselves speak volumes, so this is very much a show that focuses on the fashion.”
In total, 500 objects will be exhibited including accessories, fashion photography, film, makeup, illustrations and Dior’s personal possessions, alongside 200 haute couture ensembles. For any lover of style – or dedicated follower of fashion – this is a must-see.
It will be the largest and most comprehensive Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK.
The Evening Standard
2 February 2019 - 1 September 2019
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