Christian Dior: 70 years of fashion



You can admire the exhibition “Christian Dior: Couturier du rêve' at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from the 5th of july until the 7th of january 2018.

3000 square metres have been dedicated to the 70 years history of this French maison, making it the biggest exhibition ever organized. The maison’s story is told by letters, pictures, drawings and videos that date from 1947 up till today. Dior created a “new look” when he presented his first collection to the world: 90 outfits accentuating the femmine curves by highlighting the decolté and tightenig the waist line, introducing a new type of silhoutte.

In those years there was a fashion revolution, as rigid shoulder pads vanished, thick and stiff fabrics dissapeard while softer fabrics such as silk and chiffon gained popularity. The exhibition shows the capacity of a great man who was able to distance himself from the stilistic standards of his time designing garments who are still considered today to be pieces of art. In 1928, the days prior his fashion career,  Dior opened an art gallery with his friend Jacques Bonjean in Rue La Boétie, where he was the first in all of France to display a drawing from Salvador Dali, “the persistance of memory” (now situated in MoMa, New York). His passion for art as well as the artistic scene of the afterwar have been the starting point of his stilistic career and have had a strong influence on it throughout the years. Even after Dior left the art scene, he still made it a point to keep in touch with his poet, artist and musician friends, who were a big part of his life.

Christian Dior: Couturier du rêve' also praises other big designers who contributed to making Diors fashion dream come to life. From Yves Saint Laurant, who launched his first collection “Trapezio” in 1958, and Marc Bohan (head of design, 1960-1988), as well as Gianfranco Ferrè, to John Galliano and Raf Simons, finishing with Maria Grazia Chiuri, who was the first and only woman who was ever in charge of the french maison.

It is a story of passion and love, a reminder of persuing your dreams and thrive to constantly maximise your capacities and believe in yourself, always.