“There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking. “ Christian Dior. In response to this declaration of love the Victoria & Albert Museum in London had announced in 2019 the largest exhibition dedicated to the Dior maison never made in the UK. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams opened in February 2019 and is the most impressive exhibition dedicated to a single brand from the time of the 2015 Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition.
Telling the history of the brand from 1947 to the present day, the exhibition, which can now be visited on YouTube (see the video below), traces the maison’s journey through the profile of the founder of the six artistic directors that have followed – Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferrè, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri – interpreting Dior’s Haute Couture vision with ever-changing sensitivity.
The exhibition, currently closed, which was scheduled at the Victoria & Albert Museum, was based on the exhibition entitled Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve organized by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, with the addition of a new section that tells the story of monsieur Dior’s love for English culture. Flagship among the novelties the dress worn by Princess Margaret for his 21st birthday.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams includes over 500 pieces, including more than 200 Haute Couture garments and accessories, perfumes, photographs and archival videos, drawings, period newspapers and personal belongings of monsieur Dior.
The exhibition curated by Oriole Cullen wants to underline how Christian Dior, in over 70 years of history, has changed the style and defined the way of dressing, continuing to be one of the most influential brands to the present day. So look with your eyes.