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The King of Couture
It’s the V&A’s show of the year. Here’s our lowdown on Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
Christian Dior circa 1955 at his Paris atelier with his favourite model, Lucie Daouphars (known as Lucky)
Spanning 1947 up to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, which has just opened at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, explores the work of the legendary French fashion designer.
As well as couture gowns, including those worn by Princess Margaret, Margot Fonteyn and Jennifer Lawrence, the show reveals the inspirations behind Christian Dior’s vision – including a fascination with Britain – and explores how each of his successors have stayed true to his aesthetic: from the daring designs of Yves Saint Laurent and the exuberance of John Galliano to the minimalism of Raf Simons and the feminist vision of Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Dior’s personal possessions are also on show alongside accessories, perfume, make-up, photography, film, illustrations and magazines.
A sketch by Christian Dior for the 1947 spring-summer haute couture collection
The Ecarlate silk cocktail dress from the 1955 autumn-winter haute couture collection
Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday gown from 1951 – pictured here by Cecil Beaton – is a highlight of the exhibition
- Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams runs until 14 July. Tickets from £20, vam.ac.u