LONDON – A new exhibition dedicated to the work of iconic French designer Christian Dior over the past seven decades has gone on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and would soon be opening its doors to the public.
The show, entitled “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams,” delves into the history of the brand and explores its influence and relationship with the United Kingdom.
“The exhibition gives the opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary artistry and craftmanship of the many hands that have been involved in creating these beautiful ensembles over the last 70 plus years,” the exhibition’s curator Oriole Cullen said.
The whole collection is split into 11 sections and “traces the history and impact of the House of Dior over seven decades,” said the curator.
Among the items to have gone on show is an off-the-shoulder white dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday. The princess, the daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, had been a regular client of the French designer.
The exhibition brings together a total of 500 pieces, 200 of which belonged to the world of haute couture, while 162 objects have never before gone on display, according to the V&A.
The museum earmarks photographs of Dior himself working with different models in the 1940s and 50s as some of the exhibition’s highlights, as well as sketches the designer did for past haute couture collections.
A 1947 limited edition bottle of Miss Dior perfume, a skirt suit of the same year and a plethora of dresses, including ones decorated with Swarovski crystals, were also among some of the other highlights, according to the V&A.
Christian Dior was the founder of the fashion house of the same name.
He was known for his appreciation of flowers, famously saying: “After women, flowers are the most divine creations.”
The show opens to the public on Feb. 2 and would run until July 14.
“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,” Dior said, as cited on the museum’s site.