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Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Featured above left: "Dorothy + Little Bara with a cello" (Dior Fall-Winter 1960); right: "Fly Dior," Dorothy McGowan, Dior Spring-Summer 1965

Christian Dior, Opéra bouffe gownThe Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior starting July 5, 2017. This lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites visitors 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, and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Mark Bohan for Christian DiorThe 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, jewelry, bags, shoes and perfume bottles.

Raf Simons for Christian DiorReflecting the fact that Christian Dior was also a knowledgeable art lover who adored museums, designs from over 70 years interact with a selection of paintings, furniture and objets d'art. These works highlight and develop Christian Dior’s outlook by exploring the ties he forged between couture and all forms of art, defining the House of Dior’s enduring influence. The two curators, Florence Müller and Olivier Gabet, convey their message with a chronological and themed exhibition design that inhabits and brings together the Museum’s fashion areas and the nave for the first time, in a space of almost 3,000 square meters.

Yves Saint Laurent for Christian DiorAll these creative themes, revisited by his successors so that they've become an integral part of the Dior spirit, are revealed one by one: art and photography, a profusion of colors and textures, austere Parisian elegance, references to the neoclassical decorative style, the joys of exoticism, a fascination for floral motifs, and so on. Nathalie Crinière presents the themes in successive settings that suggest an art gallery, an atelier, a street, a boudoir, journeys, and a fabulous garden. Throughout the exhibition, paintings, sculptures and decorative objets d’art illustrate the couturier’s tastes and sources of inspiration as well as a creative sensibility shared by all the artistic directors who have followed in his footsteps.

An absolute must-see for lovers of fashion, culture, art and history - until January 7, 2018.
July 13, 2017