A new exhibition at the V&A in London explores the impact of one of fashion’s most influential couturiers. At the end of the second world war when austerity and hardship had been endured by many women Christian Dior arrived on the scene with his Corolle collection in February 1947. It was swiftly christened as the “New look” by American
The “new look” epitomised an age of elegance and feminity. The designers name became synonymous with nipped in waists, voluptuous skirts, powdery scents and the dove grey walls of his showroom.
In my opinion, Dior really understood the female form and designed clothes that showed off this form to its best advantage. “Christian Dior, the designer of dreams” is the largest ever exhibition on the artistry of haute couture to be held in the UK. I went to see the Dior exhibition when it was held
Dior in Britain
Dior’s designs were enthusiastically embraced by the British aristocracy and the r
The ateliers are the heart of Dior. It is in these workrooms that seamstresses or “Petites Mains” turn ideas into exquisite haute couture garments.
“The ballgown is your dream, and it must make you dream” Christian Dior 1954. His evening dresses and ballgowns draw on his love of historic costume. Throughout his
Christian Dior spent his childhood in Normandy. His mother was an enthusiastic gardener and you will see this floral influence appear in many of the Dior designs.
The John Galliano period. A bit too theatrical for my taste. I prefer the simpler styles.
In the image above are some designs by Raf Simons (Dior 2012-2015).
The exhibition not only
If a Dior gown is beyond your budget you could always indulge in
I hope you have enjoyed this short tour of the Dior exhibition.