As a card-carrying V&A member, and fashion buff, I’m thrilled the Christian Dior Designer of Dreams exhibition has been extended till September.
Covering 70 years of stunning haute couture, Designer of Dreams is breathtaking. From the bold post-War designs that brought Dior fame, through the extravagant artistry of John Galliano, to the sharp-edged elegance of Raf Simmons and the dreamy yet daring modernism of Maria Grazia Chiuri, it really is something to behold.
Inspired by the Parisian exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve held at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in 2017, Designer of Dreams has been re-imagined and updated to offer London fashion lovers a wholly new experience. A wealth of new content has been selected from the archives of the V&A and other British fashion museums, as well as private collectors and the House of Dior itself.
When Christian Dior debuted his New Look in 1947, it was viewed as a shocking antidote to post-war austerity. Oriole Cullen, Fashion and Textiles Curator at the V&A, sees this exhibition as something of an antidote to the Brexit doom and gloom, providing a much-needed opportunity for escapism. The New Look remains a key focus, but this exhibition is certainly not stuck in the past. Rather, it unites designs from the seven decades of the storied house, including those governed by current artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri who has won plaudits for her modern, feminist interpretation.
I’m certainly looking forward to soaking up the style and splendour!
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