The House of Dior Exhibition
The exhibition shared the history of founder, Christian Dior, as well as those who took over after him including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
First, his most famous designs were shown. My favorite of course being the “New Look”
The “New Look” was Dior’s first collection, launched as a post-war attempt in 1947 to revive France’s fashion industry. His collection was meant to provide women with luxurious styles again, featuring sillouhettes that exaggerate women’s figures.
Here’s a snapshot of how the collection was displayed at the exhibit.
This depicts the famous “Red Dress” designed by Christian Dior. It is behind a glass case, which displays the black and white photo on the left. Then the screen changes to reveal the dress.
After learning about Dior’s early life, I walked through several rooms containing every design over the past 70 years. This included everything from jewelry, shoes, dresses, pants, and so on. Everything was organized by color.
The miniatures are EXACT replicas of the original designs, which were shown in full later on in the exhibit.
More designs during Dior’s lifetime.
A room was designated to each creative director of the House of Dior throughout the years after Dior’s life. Here is a look at just one of the rooms.
My favorite room is the one I show below. It displays Dior’s evening gowns worn by famous people.
Looking back at this makes me so happy, yet the pictures do not do Dior’s 70 years of couture designs justice. There was so much to take in and look at. I was in awe, for the exhibit went on and on. My breath was taken away as I rounded each corner into a new room. Eventually, I gave up on taking photos because I just wanted to fully enjoy and appreciate the designs in person. Sometimes, we’re so worried about capturing the moment for later, we don’t live in it while it’s occurring. I fully lived in 70 years of Dior’s Couture design, and I hope you enjoyed seeing pieces of it. Let me know what you think in the comments.