Few designers carry as much historical and culture resonance as Christian Dior, one of the most influential couturiers of the 20th century. A new exhibition at the iconic Victoria and Albert Museum in London celebrates the life and legacy of Dior, his eponymous fashion house and explores his important relationship with Britain.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams comprises over 200 rare haute couture garments drawn from the museum’s own collection and the Dior archives. But this exhibition is more than just a fashion retrospective; in the words of The Telegraph “(the exhibition is) more than a parade of finery, or a catwalk of greatest hits, it is social history in needle and thread.” Spanning 1947 up until Dior as we know it today, the exhibition tells a story through accessories, photography, film magazines and the designers personal possessions, presented alongside couture styles that have come to define eras. Dior’s commercially astute mind and PR skills are duly noted and woven into the threads of the exhibition. Visitors are taken on an inspiring journey through the most iconic designs; from the famous New Look silhouette, to John Galliano’s dramatic Swarovski embroidered gowns circa 2004.
The lasting message of this exhibition is the impact that Christian Dior had on the world, and in such a short amount of time. It’s hard to believe his work lasted just a decade, from his first show in 1947 to his untimely death in 1952. Yet in such little time, he revolutionised fashion unlike any other. A true original in every sense of the world, Dior is paid the utmost respect in this exhibition by the V&A, and it will undoubtedly enjoy the same global success as the previous McQueen and David Bowie tributes.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams runs at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London until Sunday, 14th July 2019.