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“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” exhibit in France with historic gowns by Christian Dior and more

From Paris with love: The Dior exhibition at Musée des Arts Décoratifs is an example of how far the fashion house has come

Jul 07, 2017 | By Vimi Haridasan

Paris seems to be a favourite spot for all things fashion, design and more this month with Haute Couture Fashion Week, the reopening of an iconic hotel all taking place in the same week. Keeping the ball rolling, is none other than Dior with a brand-new exhibition called “Christian Dior: Couturier Du Rêve”. Held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and spread out over 3,000 square meters, it is not just any other exhibition that celebrates a famous designer.

Instead, this is how the fashion house is celebrating its seventieth anniversary by bringing out over 300 of its finest dresses for the world to feast their eye on. Showing that Dior does it like no one else can, the exhibition which is curated by Florence Müller highlights the best works of Dior’s creative directors who have had a hand in shaping the brand over the last seven decades. From John Galliano to Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri, this is Dior at its finest.

Starting with a classic red gown from 1947 that showed off a wasp-waist and pleated skirt, the exhibition does a throwback to a time when the hourglass figures were in vogue. While the gowns stand as the star attractions of the show, the exhibition also explores how Dior was inspired by gardens to craft an haute couture dress. Accompanying the gowns and inspirational tales, are flora, fauna and Renaissance paintings such as that from Monet. Other interesting effects on display include private letters, accessories, tools and never-before-seen designs that would have left us wishing we could get our hands of our very own. Alas, these beauties are meant to be admired — not manhandled.

With four different settings, each with their own theme the ultimate show stopper is that of the Hall of Mirrors. Depicting that of the Hall found at the Palais de Versailles, it is a celebration of French fashion and how far it has come. For fans of red carpet stunners, the exhibition has a gallery, that it aptly dubs the “Dior Ballroom”, dedicated to gowns worn by Hollywood’s elite. Some pieces that are rich in history include the that donned by Elizabeth Taylor to the 1961 Academy Awards.

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