Clothes and accessories by the great couturier at the Victoria & Albert Museum
[On cover: Christian Dior Designer of Dreams exhibition Diorama section (c) ADRIEN DIRAND]
After Paris, the exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams arrived in London where it will remain on display at the V&A Museum until the 14th of July.
Over 500 objects and over 200 rare haute couture creations are flanked by accessories, sketches, illustrations, fashion photographs, magazines and films that retrace the history of the fashion house through the work of the six creative directors who succeeded the founder (including Gianfranco Ferré), from 1947 to the present day with Maria Grazia Chiuri, the French label’s first female creative director.
The English display includes a section that explores, for the first time, the designer’s attraction to British culture. The exhibition also highlights Dior’s creative collaborations with British producers, including Dents (gloves), Rayne (shoes), Lyle & Scott (knitwear), and Mitchel Maer (costume jewellery).
The exhibition also focuses on some of Dior’s best-known English clients, from the ballerina Margot Fonteyn to Princess Margaret for whom he created the dress (on display) for her 21st birthday.