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.
Dior Corination Dress, V&A Museum, London. 2019
Dior Multicoloured Dress, V&A Museum, London. 2019
Dior Dress Collection, V&A Museum, London. 2019
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.
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.
I absolutely love the Cruise and Resort shows and this year they have not disappointed. Whether its the locations, the sets or the clothes, they all make these shows very special and enjoyable to watch. Here is my selection of some of these wonderful shows.
The Chanel show being the most spectacular and included a cruise ship as part of the set, Karl Lagerfeld really does know how to put on a show. The models came down the runway in tweed dresses, sailor trousers, short dresses, cropped jackets, and embellished berets.
Dior’s show was another extravaganza, with an equestrian theme in Mexico. Models wore fitted jackets, colourful cotton dresses and pristine clean white shirts paired with tiered ruffles skirts, it was a visual delight.
Louis Vuitton was influenced by the 70s and 80s, there were feathered tops to acid washed denims and intricate detailed embroidery. Assessories featured heavily from Louis Vuitton bags, thigh high boots and trainers.
Prada had a 90s feel to their collection in their New York City show. They presented a range of low waisted mini skirts and trousers. Included also were polos, backpacks and chunky loafers. Bright and neon colours made the collection stand out and trousers and skirts were paired with sweaters and jackets.
Philipp Plein’s collection was glam-rock sexy, inspired by the 70s and 80s. There was glitter, sequins and animal prints throughout. Along with pieces with palm-tree prints on bomber jackets, denim trousers and tops.
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