Everyone who knows Paris, knows that it’s the city of love, fashion, art, and when it comes to fashion, Paris knows best. Having been fortunate enough to visit the exhibition this month, I fell in love with every single aspect of it and if you have the chance to visit, go ahead; you won’t be disappointed! It is the biggest Dior exhibition ever to be held and not one that you should miss. It will be running until the 7th of January 2018, so if you haven’t booked your tickets yet, now is the time to do so!
The exhibition itself marks Dior’s 70th anniversary and is held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
Upon entering the exhibition, the first piece you see is an elegant pleated red dress, also known as the ‘satan dress’ that stands out behind the black walls, which dates back to 1947. (see below)
This part of the museum is home to glorious gowns, classic coats and sensational shoes, all of which are arranged chromatically. It’s packed with drawings, photographs, letters and accessories and just by walking around, you want to have it all!
My favourite part of the exhibition is the room inspired by gardens. Christian Dior was obsessed with flowers and even cultivated his own in his Normandy garden. The ceiling itself is covered in beautiful looking vines, which are made from dainty white paper. Each dress in the room is individual and original in its own way. The adjacent room then brings you to window displays filled with beautiful bottles of Dior perfume, all arranged perfectly in rows. The middle of room holds three delicate and impressive dresses, one looking like it’s been made from flowers.
Designed by the Belgian designer, Raff Simons
Not only does the exhibition focus on Dior’s work, but it also showcases designs by couturiers such as Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano and Maria Grazia Chiuri, who is now the artistic director of Christian Dior.
The large final gallery features the ‘Dior Ballroom’ where the dresses presented have been worn by celebrities including Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence and Natalie Portman.
If you are in Paris over the summer, this exhibition is worth seeing and highly recommended by myself!
Musée des Arts décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
Text and photos by Isabella Panayiotou
Picture research by Donna Darafshian; featured image from fashionela.com.