The Victoria and Albert, London, will be hosting an exhibition of Christian Dior designs in February 2019. The exhibition titled “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” will be one of the most comprehensive shows the House of Dior that will be held in the UK. The exhibition will be a reimagination of the major exhibition “Christian Dior: Couturier du Reve,” which was held at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, and seeks to trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him. The exhibition will also explore the enduring impact that the house of “Christian Dior” exerted in the world of fashion.
Drawn from the extensive Dior Archives, the exhibition will showcase highlights from the V&A’s world-class Couture collections, including the iconic Bar Suit, gifted to the museum by the House of Dior in 1960. The exhibition will present over 500 objects that includes over 200 rare Haute Couture garments. Alongside will be shown accessories, works of fashion photography, film, perfume, make-up, illustrations, magazines, and Christian Dior’s personal possessions. A section of the exhibit will examine the Dior ’s fascination with British culture. It will investigate the designer’s creative collaborations with influential British manufacturers and his most renowned British clientele. A highlight of the ehibition will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations.
“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” celebrates one of the most ingenious and iconic designers in fashion history. Reimagining the hugely popular exhibition from Paris, this will be the largest fashion exhibition the V&A has undertaken since “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.” The exhibition will shed new light on Dior’s fascination with Britain.
“The V&A holds one of the largest and most important fashion collections in the world, and we are delighted to be able to reveal highlights from our outstanding collection alongside those from the remarkable archive of the House of Dior, for this spectacular exhibition,” says Tim Reeve, Deputy Director and COO of the V&A.
“In 1947, Christian Dior changed the face of fashion with his ‘New Look,’ which redefined the female silhouette and reinvigorated the post-War Parisian fashion industry. The V&A recognised Dior’s important contribution to design history early-on in his career, acquiring his sketches and garments from the 1950s onwards. The influence of Christian Dior’s design was all-pervasive and helped to define an era. In their own individual ways, each of the House’s successive artistic directors have referenced and reinterpreted Dior’s own designs and continued the legacy of the founder, ensuring that the House of Christian Dior is at the forefront of fashion today. More than 70 years after its founding, the V&A’s exhibition will celebrate the enduring influence of the House of Dior and uncover Dior’s relationship with Britain,” says Oriole Cullen, Fashion and Textiles Curator of V&A.
The exhibition has been curated for the V&A by Oriole Cullen and will be accompanied by a new V&A publication.
The exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” will run from February 2, 2019 through July 14, 2019, at Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, UK.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
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