The Christian Dior Retrospective! Part I




Paris is absolutely the center of fashion! I have always felt this and I was so fortunate that on my recent visit I was able to see on its very first day one of the most comprehensive retrospective exhibitions in my entire life. The Christian Dior “Couturier du reve” at the Museum les Arts Decoratifs http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/en/ was truly the highlight of my trip. I mean, 70 years of one's body of work in one room was completely mind blowing!

My joy could not be contained as I walked up the steps and the famous “New Look/Bar suit” greeted me on display. All my dreams and fantasies literally were coming to life. I took more than a hundred photos of the exhibit so that I could share this with everyone who reads my blog. I had to break down the entry into two parts to accommodate all the images. After that greeting of the “new look suit”, behind it were several incarnations of this idea which really was marvelous. Then came a series of rooms dedicated to the designers who held the flame for the house of Dior. From Yves Saint Laurent, to GianFranco Ferre (which was my favorite period of Dior), to the drama of John Galliano, all the way to Raf Simons and to today, Maria Grazia’s time. The series of rooms was made more special by having samples of their sketches and fabric notions as well as editorial photos of the work. This created a nice, neat package to what the designers brought to the brand.

I really loved the progression of ideas and the respect to the brand's DNA, each designer giving their own expression and language to the vocabulary. I could have stayed there for eternity. My favorite room came next which to me must have been what Dior Heaven looks like. This room was in white with Toille’s or white pattern samples of the archives all lined up all the way to ceiling. I almost cried with happiness as this was really amazing. What added to the joy was seeing actual workers from the Dior ateliers quietly working in a corner and showing everyone how it is truly done. They were also answering questions to the visitors and I thought that this gave humanity to all the fantasy. There is actually so much more, but for now please enjoy the images.