Christian Dior, Couturier Of The Dream
“You will be penniless, but women will be good to you and it is thanks to them that you will succeed.” This mysterious prediction from a palm reader to a then 14-year old Dior, came true when in 1947 Christian Dior was catapulted to fame and became the world’s best known couturier.
Whilst in Paris this week I was fortunate enough to catch the Couturier Du Reve - Couturier Of The Dream, the fashion exhibition to end all fashion exhibitions. A beautiful celebration of the 70th anniversary of the house of Dior and it’s masterful couturiers.
This lavish (which is actually an understatement!) exhibition invites you on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the House of Dior’s founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri. The selection of over 300 haute couture gowns designed between 1947 and the present day has a unifying thread of emotions, life stories, affinities, inspirations, creations and legacies. Alongside the dresses is the most wide-ranging display to date of atelier toiles and fashion photographs, as well as hundreds of documents, including illustrations, sketches, documentary photographs, letters and notes and advertising documents, and fashion accessories, including hats, jewellery, bags, shoes and perfume bottles.
Hosted by the Les Arts Decoratifs, Paris and curated by Florence Müller and Olivier Gabet, conveying their message with a chronological and themed exhibition design that inhabits and brings together the museum’s fashion areas and the nave for, a space of almost 3,000 square meters.
I feel extremely privileged to have experienced this magical exhibition in person, certainly one to remember forever. I hope you enjoy the following images, which feature some of my personal highlights from the exhibition. You can also head over to my YouTube channel and check out some of the short video’s a captured at the exhibition.
If you do happen to be in Paris, the exhibition is on until the 7th January, 2018 and I urge any fashion enthusiast to put this on your must see list!
Lucky for us Australians, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne will be hosting it’s own celebration to mark the 70 year anniversary, The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. The exhibition opens on the 27th August and runs until the 7th November 2017. Amongst designs ranging from 1947 through until current day, the NGV exhibition will also highlight Dior’s unique and longstanding affinity with Australia, examining the historic Spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, where models wore fifty original creations by Christian Dior. The first complete Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris.