If there is one quintessentially Parisian exhibition to see this year, it is <Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve>. Currently on show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs down the road from the Louvre, the exhibition is open until the 7th of January 2018.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior, the exhibition puts together over 300 Dior haute couture creations, accessories and objects throughout the years on display. You will be taken on a journey through Christian Dior's life, his beginnings and rise to fame. The exhibition is organised through different colour schemes, different eras (under each different creative director's personal style) as well as different themes.
Start off your journey by discovering Dior through his favourite colour schemes..
Before moving on to showcase these gorgeous dresses by theme.
You'll be able to really see the contrasting influences of the individual styles of each creative director throughout the history of Dior. From Christian Dior himself to his successor Yves Saint Laurent, to Marc Bohan to Gianfranco Ferre. To the controversial John Galliano, to Raf Simons and then to the current creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri - the first female creative director of the House of Dior.
What I personally found fascinating was the history behind Christian Dior himself. The fact that he used to own a small art gallery that sold Picasso pieces back in the day. Or the story that back in 1919, at the age of 14, Dior met his first clairvoyant who told him that "you will be penniless but women will be good to you and it is thanks to them that you will succeed".
Having previously worked for LVMH and Dior in London when I used to live in London, I only knew too well the lengths we would go to in order to ensure the perfect product launch. Every finishing touch had to be perfectly executed and this exhibition demonstrated exactly that.
You'll be able to see how haute couture pieces are put together from the mock up to the intricate embroidery done by hand.
The final room is the spectacular finale. If you don't want the surprise to be spoiled then scroll down for the practical information now!
I'd recommend to put aside a good couple of hours so that you don't feel too rushed (as the crowds can get frustrating already). Also, book online in advance if you can using the French website as the queues can get long if you don't. Also if you are under 26 and from anywhere in the EU you can get in for free otherwise tickets are 11 euro for general admission. Enjoy!
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli