Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior with the 'Christian Dior, couturier du rêve' exhibition. Opening on 5 July 2017 and running until 7 January 2018, the 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 across six galleries: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and, most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
The selection of more than 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, 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 adorned museums, designs from more than 70 years interact with a selection of paintings, furniture and objets d'art. These works highlight and develop the designer's outlook by exploring the ties he forged between couture and all forms of art, defining the House of Dior's enduring influence.
The two curators, Florence Müller and Oliver Gabet, convey their message with a chronological and themed exhibition design that inhabits and brings together the museum's fashion areas and the nave for the first time, across a space of almost 3,000 sq m.