The must-see exhibition of the year! Sold Out!
Extended for another 6 months! Sold out again, instantly!
Why is the world so eager to visit the Dior exhibition? I went and saw the magic with my own two eyes.
From the launch of his own couture house and to his death, ten years later, Christian Dior signed 22 collections, each often comprising over 150 looks.
Afterwards, his legacy continued under the 6 creative directors who have succeded him at the head of the House of Dior.
Everybody was expecting for the exhibition to be of great proportions but the enormeus number of designs displayed inevitably blows you away.
That's why, if you do get to visit, make sure you have at least 2 hours to dedicate it.
"I think of my work as ephemeral arhitecture, dedicated to the beauty of the female body." C. Dior
Tip: go together with someone whom will apreciate the experience as much as you will, not hurry you up or keep you talking all the time!
It was lovely to be able to enjoy the exhibition with a best friend, who's also a fashion lover.
Here's a selection of magazines, each featuring a Dior design on the cover, demonstrating the change of fashion over 70 years. They show how the enduring influence of the House of Dior has continued and evolved during this time.
And going back to my dear friend Odett. Her favourite color is pink but we all must agree she looked amazing in this red NITA SAO felt hat, part of the '100 sewing stitches' collection.
Dior also loved red, saying that: "Bright reds – scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson or cherry – are very cheerful and playful. There is a certain red for everyone."
Here a couple of the beauties that caught my attention:
The exquisite pieces were about to follow. The second place as for the most captivating room is one that looks completely dreamy, home to some of the most precious and brilliantly sewn gowns I've ever seen. Also, just like in the case of the Alexander McQueen exhibit, the museum and the planners did a truly amazing job at captivating all senses. The lights, the sounds, the music, the transitions from room to room, everything was very well thought of. It gives me goosebumps even now, thinking about it or watching the videos.
I wore quite a special hat myself, covered in genuine silver and handsewn crystals and beads.
I've enjoyed playing with gold and silver recently and you'll see much more of it in the next two collections, which will be launched in April and May.
Designers of Dior – "Since 1957 the house has been led by six key creative directors: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. Each creative director has brought a new perspective. All have harnessed the unrivalled skills of the couture workshops or ateliers to recreate the Dior aesthetic for successive generations."
My personal favourite, without a doubt: Gianfranco Ferre!
Those lines! Those cuts! Those structures!
After seeing the pictures and videos you might be wondering why I said before that the room with the dreamy gowns took second place. That's because the 'Atelier' room is the one that stole my heart.
It all starts with the idea and some white fabric. Everywhere. But some can actually make history moving forward!
"My dream? To make women happier and more beautiful." C. Dior
That's part of my dream as well and I could only hope that one day people will look at the things that I make half the way women in the museum were admiring Dior's work.
And just like the saying on Odett's hat goes, 'The eyes see and heart desires.', we would have wanted to leave with at least half of the exhibits...but as that is quite impossible, we took away the bitterness with something sweet.
After you are done being amazed, treat yourself with a good coffee and some delicious cakes at V&A cafe. It's out of this world beautiful!