The stunning final room of the exhibition. Photo credit: Rhonda Carrier.
The stunning final room of the exhibition. Photo credit: Rhonda Carrier.
A re-creation of Dior's art-dealer gallery. Photo credit: Rhonda Carrier.
A re-creation of Dior's art-dealer gallery. Photo credit: Rhonda Carrier.
A video display in the exhibition. Photo credit: Rhonda Carrier.
A video display in the exhibition. Photo credit: Rhonda Carrier.

A review of Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

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Our commissioning editor Rhonda Carrier is dazzled by an exhibition on the iconic and revolutionary French fashion designer.

Long-overdue, Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve is the first major exhibition on the couturist in more than three decades, and even when you buy tickets in advance (highly advisable), you’ll probably still have to queue a while before you get in.

But it’s worth it – whether you’re a fashion fiend or not, you’ll almost certainly be wowed by the displays in this lovely building adjoining the Louvre.

And they’re not restricted to fashion either – Dior started out as an art dealer, and the exhibition begins with a stunning recreation of his gallery, populated by pieces by his artist friends including Dali and Tanguy.

The links between the fashion and the art continue as a refrain throughout the rooms – I was particularly taken by the notebooks collating inspirations, including works by Surrealist Leonor Fini.

The dresses, suits, and shoes are the thing, though, and there are lots of them, often arranged by colour: blues, purples, whites.

Illustrious couturiers who succeeded Dior are also covered, including Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

The museography itself is out of this world – the final room will literally make you gasp.

Interesting interludes en route include a couple of ladies demonstrating how Dior’s perfumes are exquisitely packaged.

While this is not an exhibition designed with children in mind, and while there are no special materials for them, there were lots of teen and younger girls wandering around, eyes wide in wonder.

The museum is also spacious, and no one seemed to mind a couple of little boys larking about on the sidelines while their mums enjoyed the frocks…

Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

 

Until 7th January 2018 (closed Mondays).
Tickets €13, kids €10.

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