An Exhibition At The V&A Explores Christian Dior’s Fascination With British Tradition


All Images by Jamie Stoker

Christian Dior: Designer of Desires, on the V&A’s The Sainsbury Gallery, London, till July 14, traces the historical past and influence, since 1947, of one of many 20th century’s most influential couturiers and the six inventive administrators who succeeded him. Based mostly on the most important exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, this one is reimagined for the V&A and features a new part that explores, for the primary time, the designer’s fascination with British tradition; his early collaborations with British producers like Dents (gloves), Rayne (sneakers), Lyle and Scott (knitwear) and Mitchel Maer (costume jewelry). The exhibition additionally brings to life Dior’s spectacular style reveals staged within the UK’s most luxurious stately properties, together with Blenheim Palace in 1954, of which a number of ensembles at the moment are within the V&A’s assortment.

Drawn from the intensive Dior Archives, Designer of Desires presents over 500 objects, with greater than 200 uncommon high fashion clothes proven alongside equipment, style pictures, movie, classic fragrance, authentic make-up, illustrations, magazines and Christian Dior’s private possessions. It additionally showcases highlights from the V&A’s world-class couture collections, together with the enduring Bar Go well with, gifted to the museum by the Home of Dior in 1960.

Couture robes worn by Princess Margaret, British ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn and actor Jennifer Lawrence are on show, bringing to the V&A an in-depth and wide-ranging examine of distinctive high fashion clothes. Showcasing 70 years of beautiful formal night put on, the exhibition illustrates the beautiful talent and craftsmanship of the ateliers and successive designers from the Home of Dior. To cite Oriole Cullen, Style and Textiles Curator on the V&A: “In 1947, Christian Dior modified the face of style together with his New Look, which redefined the feminine silhouette and reinvigorated the post-war Parisian style business. The V&A recognised Dior’s necessary contribution to design historical past early on in his profession, buying his sketches and clothes from the 1950s onwards. The affect of Christian Dior’s design was all-pervasive and helped to outline an period.”

Verve reveals, in footage, the unbelievable talent of the high fashion ateliers and the wonderful savoir faire of the artisans….

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