An exhibition of Christian Dior designs is to be staged at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Reve, organised by officials at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the retrospective will be reimagined for the V&A next year (19).
Spanning 1947 to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him, including John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams celebrates one of the most ingenious and iconic designers in fashion history. Reimagining this hugely popular exhibition from Paris – as the largest fashion exhibition the V&A has undertaken since Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – will shed new light on Dior’s fascination with Britain,” said Tim Reeve, deputy director of the V&A, in a statement. “The V&A holds one of the largest and most important fashion collections in the world, and we are delighted to be able to reveal highlights from our outstanding collection alongside those from the remarkable archive of the House of Dior, for this spectacular exhibition.”
In addition to the original retrospective, the V&A exhibition will also include a section dedicated to designer Christian Dior’s links to Britain, such as his fascination with traditional gardens and penchant for Savile Row suits.
The brand new section will investigate Dior’s creative collaborations with influential U.K. manufacturers, and his most notable British clients, such as author Nancy Mitford, ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn and Princess Margaret.
“More than seventy years after its founding, the V&A’s exhibition will celebrate the enduring influence of the House of Dior and uncover Dior’s relationship with Britain,” added Oriole Cullen, fashion and textiles curator at the V&A.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will run from 2 February until 14 July (19).
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