An exhibition that will leave trendsetters in awe
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior from July 5, 2017, to January 7, 2018. The lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites visitors on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the House of Dior’s founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him. The selection of over 300 haute couture gowns designed between 1947 and the present day has a unifying thread of emotions, life stories, affinities, inspirations, creations, and legacies. Alongside the dresses is the most wide-ranging display of hundreds of documents including illustrations, sketches, documentary photographs, letters, notes, and advertising documents; as well as fashion accessories including hats, jewelry, bags, shoes and perfume bottles. To celebrate the House of Dior’s seventieth anniversary, the new retrospective shows how Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who followed on his heels Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and today’s director, Maria Grazia Chiuri devised the brand and built up the influence of a name that is the very embodiment of haute couture in France and throughout the world. This exploration of haute couture is enriched with Frédéric Castet’s fashion fur designs, beautiful creations by Serge Lutens, Tyen and Peter Philips, as well as perfume creations by François Demachy.
The last Parisian retrospective dedicated to Christian Dior was held in 1987 at The Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It focused on ten years of the couturier’s designs, from 1947 to 1957. This exhibition opens with the story of Christian Dior’s life: his childhood in Granville, the Roaring Twenties when he discovered the avant-garde art world and the pleasures of Parisian entertainment, his training as a fashion illustrator and his entry into the haute couture world. The exhibition shows us that his gowns were full of references to painting and sculpture as well as everything that makes up the art of living: wallpapers, fabrics, china, and chinoiserie. All these creative themes, revisited by his successors that have become an integral part of the Dior spirit, are revealed one by one: art and photography, a profusion of colors and textures, austere Parisian elegance, references to the neoclassical decorative style, the joys of exoticism, a fascination for floral motifs, and so on. Throughout the exhibition, paintings, sculptures and decorative objets d’art illustrate the couturier’s tastes and sources of inspiration as well as a creative sensibility shared by all the artistic directors who have followed in his footsteps.
These works highlight and develop Christian Dior’s outlook by exploring the ties he forged between couture and all forms of art, defining the House of Dior’s enduring influence. The two curators, Florence Müller and Olivier Gabet, convey their message with a chronological and themed exhibition design that inhabits and brings together the museum’s fashion areas and the nave for the first time, a space of almost 3,000 square meters. The exhibition is a must visit for fashion lovers and Dior worshippers.