70 Years of Fashion
The ethereal garden of the Musée des Art Décoratifs is a part of the world’s biggest Dior exhibit „Designer of Dreams“. A dream of Haute-Couture robes, photographs, and drawings of all the Dior Creative Directors of the last 70 years, all put into one place.
The fashion house of Christian Dior has been shaping fashion history and its development for the last seventy years. For the first time, from July 5 – January 7, 2018, more than 300 Couture robes, fashion photos, illustrations, ideas, and campaign pictures will be presented in Paris.
As the inventor of the New Look, Christian Dior had revolutionized the fashion world during a time of financial crises and the Parisian street scene, which was strongly affected by WWII. The idea was to create a contrast of elegance, femininity, and beauty to the devastating image of war, which he achieved with swinging skirts, accentuated waistlines, and an almost excessive use of fabric.
Next to the New Look are the famous bar costumes as well as many other designs by the talented fashion creator available to admire. In the exhibit „Designer of Dreams“ are six other creative minds of the House of Dior celebrated, those who have kept Dior’s stylistic ideals and firther developed them after his death: Yves Saint Laurent (1958 – 1960), Marc Bohan (1960 – 1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989 – 1997), John Galliano (1997 – 2011), Raf Simons (2012 – 2015) und seit Juli 2016 Maria Grazia Chiuri
On the almost 3000 square meters museum space aren’t just breathtaking haute couture robes to be gawked at. Art plays just as important of a role in the Dior Anniversary Exhibition and and makes fashion as a cultural asset tangible. Christian Dior worked as a gallery curator in Paris before founding his label and art was always close to his heart. The parallels of fashion and art also show the conceptual realization of the exhibition, from a space designed as an art gallery to a boudoir and picturesque garden themes inspired by the fashion designer.
So? Have you already booked your ticket to Paris? Just go ahead. You have until January 7 to let yourself be mesmerized by this exhibit. If you want to visit the city of love for a different reason, then you can plan a trip to Melbourne instead. A similar gallery will take place from August 27 – November 7 in the National Gallery of Victoria.
Written by Izabela Lovric, Team ANNA
Translated by Stephanie Ko