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REVIEW

  • Zoltan Alexander

DIOR / VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM / LONDON

"Designer of Dreams" Christian Dior at the V&A from 1947 to the present day.






DESIGNER OF DREAMS


"There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking." Christian Dior



 


Review by Zoltan Alexander



 

The exhibition is a reconfiguration of the 2017 Paris show, "Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve", at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, with a different thematic journey, 60 per cent new content and an original installation celebrating the country a 21-year-old from Normandy fell in love with upon his first visit to perfect his English.


Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.




V&A / Dior "Designer of Dreams" / photo © Courtesy of ZOLTAN+MEDIA


Led by fashion and textiles curator Oriole Cullen and set designer Nathalie Crinière, "Designer of Dreams" is the first fashion exhibition to be staged in the V&A's new Amanda Levete-designed galleries, and the largest of its kind at the museum since "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" in 2015.