For some odd reason I had never really twigged that Christian Dior built up his couture house in only 10 years from the launch in 1947 till his untimely death in 1957. When you look at what was achieved in that time it’s quite staggering.
Since then of course, various designers have taken up the mantle and this exhibition, Christian Dior :Designer of Dreams, shows how the brand has developed with the evolution of our culture (all, of course, within the rarefied world of couture). I won’t go into each and every detail as have no space for that here, preferring to share a few images instead; the craftsmanship, creativity and sheer beauty are things of wonder.
This dress is covered in individually dyed,trimmed and stitched feathers.
White embroidery on pale blue taffeta echoes Wedgewood.
Toiles produced before the garment is cut from the final fabrics
and here’s the finished dress with embroidery as shown on the toile above.
I couldn’t resist this one – fake blood by Dior.
Or Galliano’s kneepads
and finally some of the outfits in the Ballroom moving from night to day lighting.