Earlier today, on its 70th anniversary, Dior showcased its traveller-inspired autumn/winter couture show, before inviting guests to a VIP preview of its Couturier du Rêve (Dream Couturier in English) exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, ahead of its official opening tonight.
The exhibition tracks the journey of the French fashion house from its founder, Christian Dior, who founded his eponymous label in 1947, to the work of current creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first female to ever take the helm. Designs by the creative directors who followed after Christian Dior’s death in 1957 will also be displayed, including pieces from Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano and Raf Simons.
Christian Dior Haute Couture spring/summer 2004 by John Galliano
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is the Paris-based museum’s largest ever exhibition, filling 32,000 sq ft of museum space and showcasing over 300 of the brand’s most iconic pieces of clothing, from gowns worn by Gace of Monaco and Lady Diana to more recent red brand ambassadors like Jennifer Lawrence. It’s the biggest Dior retrospective ever staged, and the first in France in 30 years.
“Rarely has there been a fashion exhibition of this kind. It will go down in history,” said Olivier Gabet to WWD, museums director at Les Arts Décoratifs.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams opening event
Renaissance paintings and surrealist sculptures that inspired the designers will also be on show, as will original atelier toiles, fashion photographs, sketches, illustrations, and letters. An immersive light projection, inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at the Château de Versailles, will also be in on display in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
The exhibition will open July 5 and run until January 7, 2018.