Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

The largest ever Christian Dior retrospective opened at the V&A Museum in London and new dates have now been added in for March, due to high demand! Let me guide you through this fantasy land of haute couture. #christiandior #diordesignerofdreams #diorlondon #fashionexhibit #diorexhibition

Escape into pure fantasy

It goes without saying that this is a one of a kind moment not to be missed, as it's not everyday that the finest creations of Monsieur Dior come to town! This long awaited exhibition is presented in the newly opened Sainsbury Gallery of the V&A Museum - spacious and airy, it spans across 11 rooms and displays some of the most gorgeous haute couture gowns created by Monsieur Dior himself, as well as his successors, and showing the history of the Dior house all the way from 1947 to now. The Dior exhibition comprises over 500 pieces (157 of which are objects that have never been displayed in a museum before).

Dior's New Look

My ultimate favourite being Yves Saint Laurent, I couldn't wait to get to his section of designs, but I have to say, I was utterly speechless right at the beginning of the exhibit, as it opens with a dress from the famous New Look collection styled with the legendary Bar jacket, also known as En 8 (as it was hour-glass shaped, representing Dior's lucky number 8). Funny, how both Chanel (with her favourite number 5) and Dior were very superstitious

From old to new

What I love the most about the Designer of Dreams exhibition is not just the beautiful opulence of the gowns and the way they are styled, but also the fact that new and old designs were often side by side, and to my surprise, quite tricky to tell apart, as some of the latest Maria Grazia Chiuri designs look very classy, timeless and so feminine, love her! Would you be able to tell which of the below gowns have been designed recently?

The fascination of Haute Couture

"To see these hand made pieces up close is quite special and realising how much work went into making them. People often don’t know the difference between how a haute couture and a ready-to-wear piece are made, they might look at it and think it’s all fashion. But the story of the atelier and what happens in there is incredible.” Oriole Cullen, curator of Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

As such, there is a room full of toiles (cotton prototypes) with images and footage of the highly skilled team of haute couture seamstresses called Les Petites Mains. I still think that not enough credit is given to these wonderfully skilled ladies behind the scenes, so it was a joy to see their craft revealed and get a much closer view of their hard work.

Finish off with a gift shop of dreams

Yes, it is indeed quite thrilling to finish off in a gift shop that's full of the most gorgeous products. I mean, it's not just your usual key rings and tote bags, trust me! Get your credit card ready as you can get your hands on limited edition prints of David Downton illustrations, as well as reprints of the original Dior sketches, everything a fashion lover needs to ride off on a wave of inspiration!

Not enough? Try a Dior-themed afternoon tea

Yes, there is such a thing and you can find this special Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley where they will serve you the most exquisite looking little cakes and pastries, so you can dream about those Dior gowns you've just seen, uninterrupted!

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