Friday, 31 May 2019

Christian Dior Truly Is The Designer of Dreams

V&A_Christian Dior Designer of Dreams exhibition_Ballroom section (c) ADRIEN DIRAND
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is at the V&A from 2 February – 14 July 2019
vam.ac.uk

The whole city has been talking nonstop about the latest Christian Dior fashion exhibition at the V&A which has been extended due to popular demand BUT it is completely sold out. Under the dramatic title "Designer of Dreams" the exhibition celebrates the Master of Haute Couture. I've tried for weeks to get tickets and was close to giving up. Whilst randomly selecting and scrolling through the remaining weeks month by month I found a free spot. It was a no brainer - please V&A take my money!!!!! 

Click, Click, Click  
Bye Bye money, Hello e-ticket!

On a lovely spring evening a few days ago, I made my way over to Kensington and indulged in the dream world of luxury Haute Couture Fashion. And OMG it was amazing!

Over 200 garments are curated in individually themed rooms and brought Dior's fashion visions to life. It starts with the classic but "Oh so feminine" black and white blazer combo which was en vogue in the '50s.  The designs are pure elegance and ooze Parisian chic without being too bourgeoise or pretentious. Next comes a futuristic glossy chamber with bold statement petticoats followed by an army of tulle dresses. Tulle, tulle and even more tulle. There are tonnes of it in every variation possible to transport you into a dream world like no other. It's like you're walking on fluffy clouds really.

V&A_Christian Dior Designer of Dreams exhibition_Historicism section (c) ADRIEN DIRAND (5)
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is at the V&A from 2 February – 14 July 2019
vam.ac.uk
fashion exhibition christian dior london

Haute Couture, the embodiment of the romantic style, has been interpreted by Dior throughout his entire career, with travel and the garden being his main source for inspiration. The results are incredible designs with embroidered tulle, intricate feathers, beads, and fine linen....literally the stuff that dreams are made of. Dior understands like no other the female mind. The exhibits span from dresses to accessories, perfumes and Dior's personal belongings draw you into a fashion world that is dreamy but at the same time wearable. I think particularly of the linen cabinet which showcases samples and test garments, which later translate into some of Dior's iconic shapes. Tailored cuts to show the waistline and highlight the feminine side of its wearer carry Dior's signature throughout the whole exhibition. In general Dior's view on the female body seems rather petite.

V&A_Christian Dior Designer of Dreams exhibition_Designers For Dior section (c) ADRIEN DIRAND (23)
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is at the V&A from 2 February – 14 July 2019
vam.ac.uk

Christian Dior Designer of Dreams fashion exhibition London

Every room is a true stunner and even when you think the displays can't top it off in the next one coming-up, they actually can. You are invited to an audience with Marie Antoinette, then you step into the fairytale garden which is an Instagramers dream come true. And it is all real! The showcase is decorated with flowers hanging from every inch of the ceiling. The lighting is soft and presents the lavish highlights of the garden period. Covered in delicate feathers over and over again, the showstopper dress could have been made for a princess.

V&A_Christian Dior Designer of Dreams exhibition_The Garden section (c) ADRIEN DIRAND (3)
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is at the V&A from 2 February – 14 July 2019
vam.ac.uk

feather dress by christian dior
dress with flowers and leather belt by christian dior london

Overall, Dior's timeless pieces are very playful, romantic and always wearable. No design is over the top or too crazy. The exhibits are perfectly well balanced between fashion and art. The epic grand finale climaxes in a Celestial Ball which enchants the audience to pick their Cinderella dress for the big moment. Each and every ball gown is of highest quality with a richness in exquisite detail. It is overwhelming and luckily there are seats on the side to take it all in. Centered is a rotating stage creating the illusion of flow and movement to bring the dresses alive. The ceiling depicts the Milky Way, light changes from soft cobalt blue to luxurious gold. It is an epic feast of the senses and I have to admit, I felt slightly underdressed as I didn't expect to attend a ball.     

V&A_Christian Dior Designer of Dreams exhibition_Ballroom section (c) ADRIEN DIRAND (22)
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is at the V&A from 2 February – 14 July 2019
vam.ac.uk
The Designer of Dreams exhibition runs until September but is unfortunately completely sold out. There's, however, another interesting fashion exhibition in the pipeline for the end of summer. Manolo Blahnik's first curated shoe exhibition called "An Enquiring Mind" will be presented against the dramatic Baroque backdrop at The Wallace Collection - and the best bit: it is completely free! 

Thanks for reading.
Till next time,
Carolin
Share:

No comments

Post a Comment

© Style Lingua | All rights reserved.
Blog Layout Created by pipdig