The Dior Exhibit- 70 years of Fashion

The House of Dior Exhibition

At the Musée des Arts Décoratifs I immersed myself in the 70th Anniversary celebration of the House of Dior.

img_8845.jpg

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.

IMG_8848.jpg

IMG_8900

Current director of the House of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

First, his most famous designs were shown. My favorite of course being the “New Look”

IMG_8889IMG_8888

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.

IMG_3862

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.

IMG_8872.jpg

More designs during Dior’s lifetime.

IMG_8856

Printed hands provide a cool illusion that makes you look twice

IMG_8857

Hand painted dress

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.

IMG_8896

John Galliano’s designs for Dior

IMG_3872

My favorite room is the one I show below. It displays Dior’s evening gowns worn by famous people.

IMG_8905IMG_3899

IMG_3898IMG_3897IMG_8907IMG_3891

IMG_3901

Famous J’dore dress worn in the commercials

IMG_3890

The dress to the right of me was worn by Rhianna

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s