Glass discovers the V&A’s upcoming Dior exhibition

FEW figures in fashion have the had seismic impact or resounding legacy of Christian Dior, and an upcoming exhibition at London’s V&A promises to explore both, diving deep into the world of one of the most influential designers of the 20th Century.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior Bar Suit. Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 1947, Corolle Line
Photo © Laziz Hamani, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Opening in February 2019, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will trace the history of Dior from 1947 to the present day, exploring the House’s origins as well as its development under the six artistic directors who have followed in the footsteps of the eminent couturier. The exhibition will showcase over 500 objects including pieces from the Dior archives and the V&A’s own extensive Couture collections. Unique garments will be displayed alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, perfume, make-up, illustrations, magazines, and Christian Dior’s personal possessions.

Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri Dress. Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2018
Photo © Laziz Hamani, Dior Héritage collection, Paris

One section of the exhibition will explore Christian Dior’s relationship with British culture, including his fascination with the great houses and gardens of Britain, and his love of Savile Row suits. A Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday will also be on display.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Royal Portrait of Princess Margaret on her 21st birthday by Cecil Beaton
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Arranged across 11 sections, the exhibition will offer an extended biography of Christian Dior and a study of the influence and inheritance of one of the most globally recognised names in fashion. From the ground-breaking impact of The New Look to the unlikely sources of inspiration behind the House’s aesthetic (horticulture, 18th Century decoration and stately homes to name just a few), this is an unmissable opportunity to explore the enduring influence of Christian Dior — and get close to some of the most spectacular dresses of all time.

by Rachel Parker

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will run from February 2 – July 14, 2019. Tickets are available now.