Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
Ever since V&A announced that it will be hosting the Christian Dior exhibition in winter 2019, everyone has been waiting in great anticipation, including me. I love fashion and have been to other iconic exhibitions including Balenciaga and Azzedine Alaia. So it was important that I secure tickets to this exhibition as soon as possible due to its popularity. It seems that even the organisers didn’t expect such an incredible response from the public having recorded 120,000 visitors in the first month. And as I managed to get my hands on two tickets for mid-March, V&A announced they were completely sold out. However, the good news, for those who have missed out, is that Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, originally scheduled to end on 14 July, has been extended until 1 September. Hooray! Another way to visit is to become a member of V&A or just to keep checking the Dior website for upcoming displays.
In case you missed out on all of the opportunities, let me give you a small Dior tour and then hopefully it will be available to visit back in Paris or in another fashion capital.
Eight beautifully decorated rooms and each memorable in its own way. The one that instantly comes to mind is the garden-themed chamber with the ceiling resembling a tree crown made of paper leaves and blooming roses coupled with green and purple lighting. This ensemble instantly makes you feel a fairy in a magic forest. The interior was carefully selected to complement each collection turning your museum visit into a surreal experience.
Next collection is inspired by France and more specifically Temple de l’Amour in Versailles. This recreation of the Avenue Montaigne Dior boutique façade was the busiest room as well as a couple of other chambers which made it hard to take a good shot of the gorgeous exhibits. Having said that, all my squatting, leaning and balancing has definitely paid off. Look at how splendid these ball gowns look.
Christian Dior sought inspiration not only from his own country France and southern region Normandy (where Dior comes from) but other countries too. And even after the designer’s death, the House of Dior still finds inspiration in other cultures national costumes. Here’s one of the more modern rooms showcasing collections from Mexican, Indian, African and Chinese themes.
Finally, I couldn’t help capturing my ideal wedding dress. Well, I am already married and actually, my wedding gown was made in a similar traditional classic style – long sleeved with a floor-length skirt and a silk bodice embroidered with lace. Although mine wasn’t made by Dior I am sure he would’ve approved the design, had he been present.
Leaving Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams was difficult. I was bewildered by the breath-taking journey of the House of Dior from Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday gown to the modern outfits made for the red carpet celebrities including Rainha and Emma Watson. And similarly, I was impressed with how much Christian Dior himself has given to the brand to take it where it is now.