The exhibition Christian Dior: designer of dreams has been extendeed until 1 September, 2019 in The Sainsbury Gallery, V&A museum, London, covering from 1947 when Christina Dior designed his first "New Look" bar suit, to the present day while the brand's latest creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri is trying to interpret Christian Dior's vision of elegance.
to the present day while the brand's latest creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri is trying to interpret Christian Dior's vision of elegance.
This exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior's relationship with Britain.
Some highlights of the exhibition:
Book on Christian Dior
Christian Dior's career, a veritable fairy tale, is set in a rich tapestry of Paris cultural life before, during, and after the war. Much of Dior's daily inspiration emanated from the world of the intellectual and artistic elite, in which he moved with such people as Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, Henry Sauguet, Jean Cocteau, and Raoul Dufy.
Born at the end of an era in which luxury seemed reserved only for the happy few, Dior again revolutionized the world of fashion by introducing, in the early 1950s, "ready-to-wear" in his Dior Boutique. Until then, couturiers had worked essentially if not exclusively for the very rich and famous. With his boutique, Dior brought high fashion to the world at large. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the "New Look", New York's Metropolitan Museum mounted a major Dior retrospective in the winter of 1996-97.
Translated from the French by Joanna Savill.