Discover The World Of Christian Dior At The V&A

The VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM in London has announced today that it will host the UK’s largest ever CHRISTIAN DIOR EXHIBITION next year …

Christian Dior with house model Lucky in 1955.

There are few fashion designers whose legacy lives on far after they are gone, with others taking inspiration from their creations for years to come updating them slightly to bring them into the now. Christian Dior is one such designer.

It is no surprise then that the Victoria & Albert Museum in London has announced today that it will host the UK’s largest ever exhibition of Christian Dior. Spanning 1947 to the present day, “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” will explore the history of the designer who launched the fashion house in the mid-1940s and examine the six designers – Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri – who have succeeded Dior at the helm of his namesake brand. This will be the museum’s largest exhibition since “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”, which received almost 500,000 visitors during the 21-week run in 2015.

The V&A team, led by curator Oriole Cullen and designer Nathalie Crinière, will reimagine the major exhibition “Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve”, which was housed at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris in 2017, with an added focus on the designer’s intrigue with British culture; the designer once created a dress for Princess Margaret, a custom couture white ballgown with embroidered detail, which she wore for her 21st birthday and declared her “favourite dress of all”. Dior’s personal artefacts including artwork which he housed in his homes in Paris and Provence will be on display alongside his designs. We were lucky enough to visit the exhibition in Paris last year, and if it is anything to go by, the V&A’s 2019 iteration is not to be missed.

In celebration of this announcement – and in anticipation of the exhibition next year – we take a look through the archives at some memorable looks from Christian Dior’s collections over the past number of decades …

Model wears a Christian Dior satin evening dress, 1947


Model wears a Christian Dior coat, photograph by Irving Penn circa 1950


Christian Dior 1992


Christian Dior AW15


Christian Dior SS18

The exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” runs from February 2 – July 14 2019 at the Victoria and Albert museum, London. Tickets will go on sale in autumn 2018.

Síomha Connolly

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