Monday, 2 October 2017

A Retrospective Exhibition Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the House of Dior

© Emma Summerton for “Christian Dior Designer of Dreams”

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior with an exhibition from July 5th to January 1st, 2018. For the first time, some 300 haute couture gowns will be brought together with fabrics from the atelier, fashion photographs and several hundred archival items, including illustrations, sketches, letters, memorandums and advertisements.

The “New Look” that Changed Fashion
Christian Dior has been a central figure of 20th century fashion since he launched the “New Look” of his 1947 spring/summer collection. A feminine silhouette comprised of an exaggerated hourglass shaped bust and waist combined with a billowing skirt characterized the “New Look.” Dior had managed to overturn the masculine fashion of strong and stoic silhouettes that dominated the era still facing the deep scars of World War II.

The Spirit of Beauty that Flows Through the House of Dior
Christian Dior was also a collector of art nouveau works, and his pieces emanate the aesthetics and designs of his gowns. Dior’s profound insights into art have been handed down to the six artistic directors who followed him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and today’s Maria Grazia Chiuri. By following the chronologically arranged exhibition from 1947 to 2017, visitors will witness the spirit and legacy of Christian Dior through the decades and the global distinction of the fashion house that is a symbol of France.

“Christian Dior, couturier du rêve ” Exhibition until January 7, 2018 (Closed on Mondays)

Musée des Arts décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Opening hours:
Tue to Sun 11:00-18:00 (until 21:00 on Thursdays for Temporary Exhibitions only)