If there is one maison whose creations are fit for a exhibition at the prestigious Victoria and Albert Museum in London, it’s Dior. This storied house has been around since 1946, and is credited with inventing some of the fashion world’s most enduring and influential silhouettes, like the ‘New Look’. Over the years, Dior’s collections have been installed in various museums around the world, but never before has it been commemorated at the V&A.
What significance does this French maison have to Britain? The house founder, Christian Dior, once famously wrote, “There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking.” Dior’s nostalgic connection and iconic designs in homage to Britain makes the arrival of Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams a first – and fitting – fashion event.
Inside of this lavishly decorated exhibition, Dior’s most legendary looks – from Princess Margaret’s stunning 21st birthday party dress to John Galliano’s baroque gowns – are thoughtfully spotlighted. In the exclusive video, above, Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri acts as your personal tour guide to the exhibition, walking you through some of her favorite sections and looks. As you might imagine, the pristine white room, which contains toile versions of Chiuri’s designs for her special ‘Atelier’ show for the Fall 2018 Couture season, held a special place in her heart.
Lucky visitors and London locals will find Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum from now until July 14th. However, if you can’t make it to London to see this extraordinary showcase, you can take a virtual tour in our gallery, below.