Last week I saw the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A Museum, London. It had been a long time coming and I was not disappointed. From the moment I entered the exhibition it was a thrill to see all the wonderful creations. I had mainly only seen them in fashion photographs and film footage. I was particularly interested in early Dior, from his childhood up until his untimely death in 1957.
The V&A walked us through the collection beautifully, every room was a delight to see. With a wealth of creativity from the great man himself, and his subsequent creative successors at the House of Dior.
Dior Bar Suit – Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams Exhibition, V&A Museum, London. 2019
Dior Collection – Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams Exhibition, V&A Museum, London. 2019
It was a privilege and an honour to see many Dior masterpieces in one space. There were over 200 rare couture garments on show, along with accessories, photographs, film, vintage perfumes, original makeup, illustrations, magazines and possessions from Christian Dior’s personal collection.
The Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition made history as the most-visited V&A exhibition. It attracted a record 594,994 visitors during its run from February 2nd to September 1st, this year. For a brand that started in 1947, Dior shows no sign of slowing down, and I look forward to many more years of excellence.
I have always loved Mary Quant’s fashion and style, since learning about her, when I studied at The London College of Fashion. So you can imagine how delighted I was at the V&A Museum‘s announcement of the Mary Quant exhibition.
It was a real treat for me to see her wonderful creations from those early days and how the company developed. The groundbreaking designs and the colours were all so great to see in person.
As you enter the exhibition the V&A have done a great job in walking you through. With two floors of Quant designs, along with films about the era. You cannot help to be amazed at the wealth of her designs on show. As well as the accessories and makeup that were produced by the brand.
A must-see exhibition if you are as fascinated by Mary Quant and the 60s era as I am, you will not be disappointed.
The Dior pop-up store is now open at Harrods in Knightsbridge, London.
Take advantage of the first-ever personalisation service at the pop-up store. You can have a word, name or initials embroided on the Dior Book Tote bag.
There will be limited-edition Saddle range, CD Hobo Miss Dior handbags in olive green. A series of accessories with the motif will appear on silk scarves, clogs, pouches and sunglasses.
A sweater that bears the inscription “C’est Non, Non, Non et Non!” (“It’s no, no, no and no!”, in French), will also be on offer. In the 1960s Creative Director, Marc Bohan first used the slogan, inspired by the youth revolt in 1968.
Pat McGrath has been one of the world’s leading influential makeup artists for 25 years now. Many of our favourite makeup trends have been driven by her. Since launching her own makeup brand, Pat McGrath Labs, four years ago, it has become a billion dollar business with over 100 products.
Affectionately known in the industry as “Mother”, she has now launched a store in Selfridges, London. The “Mothership” takeover will have the makeup collection in it’s entirety available in one place throughout the whole of Europe.
There are 24 window displays, limited edition designer curations from Commes des Garçons, Prada, Versace and more. The Pat McGrath Mothership will be at Selfridges, London until the 1st June 2019.
Pat McGrath was also one of the directors of the promotional film for the Mothership takeover at Selfridges, called A Technicolour Odyssey.