Dior’s 70th anniversary in sumptuous style
Dior. Four little letters, seventy years of dreams! Morse code for French luxury. A password to the world of haute couture. To celebrate this anniversary, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has organized an extraordinary 3,000 sq.m exhibition of more than 300 haute couture dresses from around the world, designed from 1947 to the present day, and virtually never seen in public before. Visitors not only get a glimpse inside the couturier’s world – his studio fabrics, fashion photographs, illustrations and sketches – they can also admire paintings, furniture and artworks from his personal collection. Christian Dior is more than a label. It’s a line. A brand! Its a man who laid the foundations of post-war fashion, liberated women from the masculine shackles of the war years and restored the femininity. Because for Christian Dior, the modern figure could only ever be that of a “petal woman” or dancer, with a slim waist and hips accentuated by the lift and swirl of corolla skits. Dior desired fabric. Lots of fabric. And pearls, embroidery and gold. Friend of Léonor Fini, Jean Cocteau, Salvator Dali and Max Jacob, connoisseur of antiques and artworks, collector of new art and lover of interior decoration and gardens, he absorbed everything in his quest to invent a woman whose elegance would know no bounds. Brilliant. The exhibition starts by exploring the expertise and techniques that makes haute couture what it is, and ends in the nave, decked out like a ballroom, where the designer’s most beautiful creations, some worn by Grace Kelly and Princess Diana, are on show for the first time. Obviously, non of this would have been possible without the work of his successors at Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. An amazing exhibition.
11am to 6pm, 9pm on Thursday.
€15. July 5 to January 7 2018.