A lavish exhibition; Christian Dior, Dream Couturier, at the Museum of Decorative Arts
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs celebrates the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior and looks back over the history of this Parisian fashion legend by way of an exceptional exhibition.
Featuring an extensive collection of legendary haute couture gowns, as well as accessories, fashion photographs, advertising material, sketches, letters and other documents, the exhibition opens with the life story of Christian Dior, one of the major figures in 20th century fashion.
We see his childhood in Granville, his discovery of the avant-garde art world and the joys of Parisian entertainment in the 20s, his apprenticeship in fashion design and his entry into the haute couture field.
The story continues with a chronological route covering 1947 to 2017. Here we are introduced to Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. What do they have in common? These six creators were all artistic directors of the House of Dior following the founder’s death.
The New Look style from 1947 inaugurates this fascinating stroll along the catwalk of time. The chronology ends in the sumptuous setting of the nave, decorated like a ballroom for a presentation of the most sumptuous evening dresses, among which shine many creations gathered together for the first time in Paris. Some have been worn by celebrated clients, from Princess Grace of Monaco and Lady Diana to Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence.
Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve , until January 7th, 2018
At the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1st
Less than 30 minutes from the Hotel Fabric
Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 18:00, late opening on Thursdays until 21:00
Photo: Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve" - Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Paris