Dior: 70 years of couture

In 2017 marked 70 years of Dior. To celebrate the Musée des Arts Decoratifs hosted an exhibition with Dior's most lavish Gowns, accessories, designs and history.

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The exhibition starts off by inviting you into their House where you get to see the beginning of Christian Dior's life from his first designs and how he changed fashion history after living in hardship during World War II along with the taboo his 'New Look' Design the was created, having the scandal of hiding their legs after the War due to rationing them to minimum fabric and now using too much fabric in his designs, but his 'New Look' design encouraged women to embrace their curves back and their femininity.  "I have designed flower women."

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Each room throughout the exhibition has different themes from dresses that made Dior as a designer for women, dresses that were ground breaking for Dior throughout it's 70 years of fashion, Haute Couture made for the stars as well as showing the wonderful work of the designers that steered the ship for the House of Dior such as Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. 

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The highlights of the exhibit were a Corridor where you weaved through a rainbow “Colourama” of Accessories, Dresses, Perfume, Mini Dresses and Designs.

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A room of dresses designed with Culture and Couture mixing Japanese, Egyptian, African, Spanish and 18th Century French culture weaved together into fashion.

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A room with paper flowers like a hanging garden demonstrating Christian Dior's passion for flowers, with dresses that seem to be flowers themselves. " After Women, Flowers are the most divine creations"

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A room showing the progression of the House of Dior from its beginning to now with design illustrations, fabric swatches and dress from each designer's time with Dior.

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A room full of Toile patterns covered floor to ceiling, spinning around to be able to see everything and getting up close to the Toile's seeing how each garment has been cut and made. Along with this beautiful white room there was a specialist from Dior telling us how patterns are made and the nature of each design.

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A room that is a homage to high class tailoring, with suit for the female curves that make me jealous ranging from the 1950's till now, styled from different walks of life. It was a bold and crisp room that inspires you to wear suits to make you are powerful woman.

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The Dior Ballroom is the grand finale of the show, with high haute couture dresses showcased in this wonderful room with glittering light projected around the ballroom. It is full of famous dresses of Dior from Gala's to Premiere's worn by beautiful women throughout Dior's 70 years.

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Not to be missed in the exhibit is the dress that started it all of the House of Dior, the 'New Look'.  The classic gown from 1947 with its wasp-waisted white "bar" jacket and full pleated skirt that will always be immortalised. 

"It's quite a revolution, dear Christian! Your dresses have such a new look!" Carmel Snow           

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It is a universal dress that is used again and again, even used in our generation where you are able to see it is the fashion your wear and to Television where Outlander Season 2 paid homage to the 'New Look' Dress.  She is there like a Icon, showing off what Dior did for Paris after the War, what Dior did for fashion and what Dior did for Women and is still doing for Women now in the 21st Century.

Dior is my favourite fashion brand, they create ground breaking art and delicate garments. From Lady Dior handbags, to the Perfume that highlights femininity and Ready-to-Wear, Dior is approachable to every women in the world. Chrisitan Dior changed fashion for everyone, this exhibition couldn't be a better tribute to the wonderful House of Dior

The Exhibition ran from 5 July 2017 to 7 January 2018 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. It was one of the best exhibits I have seen I can truly say...... J'adore Dior x

 

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