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A journey through art and fashion – Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams

 

For all the fashion lovers, 1947 is an important year. Why, you may ask – It is when Christian Dior presented his first collection that revolutionized Parisian streets and world’s fashion! One year after opening his own Haute Couture house, the creator gave women around the globe exactly what they needed after trauma and duress of war and occupation. The new silhouette he proposed, with tiny waist, paddled hips, petticoats, longer skirts that created a voluminous form was so much different than boxy, mediocre clothes available previously, designed to save fabric due to war shortages. So were the materials used: luxurious, lined with percale… The ‘New Look’ marked the beginning of a new era and reestablished Paris as the capital of fashion!

 

Now, in honor of the legendary designer whose couture house celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, Paris is holding an outstanding exhibition dedicated to Christian Dior and creators who succeeded him: Yves Saint-Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and finally Maria Grazia Chiuri, all creative directors of the brand. Trust us, this is the display that should not be missed, even if you only spend a couple of days in Paris!

Over 300 breathtaking dresses are being presented to the visitors, including the most famous creations worn by stars (from legends like Rita Hayworth or Elizabeth Taylor to new generation of Hollywood like Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone), featured in movies (by directors like Buñuel, Chaplin or Allen), inspired by painters’ works (Picasso, Dali or Bérard), history (XVII-century fashion was particularly beloved by Dior) or far-away travels. The majority of displayed dresses is from Dior Heritage collection, never before seen in Paris. Other pieces come from many French and world’s museums or private collections, just like the beautiful paintings accompanying the show.

The visitors can also learn about Dior’s other creations: iconic Miss Dior perfumes, also celebrating its 70th birthdays. They were inspired by the smell he remembered from his childhood in Granville family garden in Normandy, full of beautiful flowers. The flower motive is also what gave him the ‘New Look’ idea of ‘Flower woman’ with full corolla-shaped skirt and narrow calyx-like bodice.

Naturally, the dresses do not come alone: incredible collection of hats, jewelry, shoes and bags (including iconic Lady Dior, favorite of Lady Diana and named in her honor). The rest is told by numerous photographs, documents, illustrations, sketches, letters, notes or advertisements as well as furniture or paintings. All of it is put is specific settings, mimicking a garden, a boudoir, a street… All to better tell the story!

And the partner in staging the exhibition is Swarovski, a company that started working with Dior in 1956, resulting in creation of Aurora Borealis, a new crystal effect, which quickly became a phenomenon. The cooperation continued through all those years, until today.

The exhibition presents a story of Christian’s Dior life and art, his memories and emotions. His incredible creations were later continued by others, who strived to honor the artist in many ways. The show reflects Dior’s love of art, beauty and nature. The way he tied couture and all forms of art is simply magnificent. And if you feel the void after leaving the museum, there is also Dior’s main boutique, located at 30 avenue Montaigne, in the most prestigious quartier of Paris.

 

 

Where: ‘Christian Dior. Couturier du Rêve’ at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

When: from July 5th 2017 to January 7th 2018. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 6pm, on Thursdays until 9pm.

How: by metro line 1 (Louvre-Rivoli station)

How much: 13€ / 10€ reduced fare / free for EU citizens under 26 years old

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