Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

To mark its 70th anniversary, Dior is showing the most beautiful creations designed by its most iconic creative directors at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. It’s an unmissable exhibition for lovers of the fashion house based on the beautiful avenue Montaigne.

The musée des Arts décoratifs is celebrating the 70 th anniversary of the creation of the house of Dior. This lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites visitors on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the house of Dior’s founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

The selection of over 300 haute couture gowns designed between 1947 and the present day has a unifying thread of emotions, life stories, affinities, inspirations, creations and legacies.

Alongside the dresses is the most wide-ranging display to date of atelier toiles and fashion photographs, as well as hundreds of documents, including illustrations, sketches, documentary photographs, letters and notes and advertising documents, and fashion accessories, including hats, jewellery, bags, shoes and perfume bottles. Reflecting the fact that Christian Dior was also a knowledgeable art lover who adored museums, designs from over 70 years interact with a selection of paintings, furniture and objets d’art.

These works highlight and develop Christian Dior’s outlook by exploring the ties he forged between couture and all forms of art, defining the house of Dior’s enduring influence.

Christian Dior, Bar suit, haute couture Spring/Summer 1947

Christian Dior, Junon dress, Haute couture Fall/Winter 1949, Milieu du siècle line. Sequin-embroidered evening dress by Rébé.

Christian Dior, robe Opéra bouffe dress, Haute couture Fall/Winter 1956, Aimant line. Abraham silk dress.

Maria Grazia Chiuri pour Christian Dior. Robe Essence d’herbier

Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior. Essence d’herbier dress. Haute couture Spring/Summer 2017. Fringed cocktail dress embroidered with flowers in raffia featuring original Christian Dior embroidery.

Yves Saint Laurent pour Christian Dior, robe Bonne Conduite

Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Bonne Conduite dress. Haute couture Spring/Summer 1958, Trapèze line. Rodier wool dress.

Marc Bohan pour Christian Dior. Tailleur Gamin

Marc Bohan for Christian Dior. Tailleur Gamin. Haute couture Fall/Winter 1961, Charme 62 collection. Tweed suit. Double-breasted cropped jacket. Trapeze skirt and matching scarf.

Raf Simons pour Christian Dior. Haute couture

Raf Simons for Christian Dior. Haute couture Fall/Winter 2012. Yellow satin evening dress printed with the SP178 painting by Sterling Ruby.

Gianfranco Ferré pour Christian Dior, robe Palladio

Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior, Palladio dress. Haute couture Spring/Summer 1992, Light summer breeze collection. Floorlength folded silk dress with embroidery.

John Galliano pour Christian Dior. Ensemble Shéhérazade

John Galliano for Christian Dior. Shéhérazade ensemble. Haute couture Spring/Summer 1998. Evening kimono inspired by Russian ballets, pyramid line, silk, embroidery and Swarovski detailing. Floorlength gown in satin.

Christian Dior, couturier du rêve, from July 5, 2017 – January 7, 2018, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
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