On July 5th, the doors of the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris opened for an exhibition of brand’s most iconic and well-known pieces celebrating its’ 70th anniversary. The retrospective showcase of 300 iconic gowns along with the never-seen-before archives of couturier’s photographs make this event a must-go museum destination.
While the latest creative director of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri is presenting her Haute Couture collection with a Safari theme taking over the runway, the Paris museum is taking you back to the Dior’s history timeline. Separated by the themes, the exhibition consists of the couturier’s works who were continuing Christion Dior’s path: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and now, Maria Grazia Chiuri. The exhibition starts with the biography of Christian Dior showing his works that were inspired by certain art pieces. In short, the spirit of Dior.
Needless to point out the individuals who had a privilege of wearing Dior’s pieces back in the late 40s’ when the 2nd World War was over and Christian Dior’s idea of bringing the femininity and shapes became quite appealing for women. “After women, flowers are the most lovely thing God has given the world,” said Couturier. What happens if he combines those two most lovely things? Exactly, a flower woman or the New Look collection launched in 1947 which incarnated the femininity in the curves and a ballet posture. “I have designed a flower woman,” he would say.
While some people are enjoying the exhibition, let us remember few quotes and facts from Christian Dior’s biography that are worth remembering.
“You can never really go wrong if you take nature as an example.”
“Individuality will always be one of the conditions of real elegance.”
“In a machine age, dressmaking is one of the last refuges of the human, the personal, the inimitable.”
Three Facts About Christian Dior
His parents wanted him to become a diplomat but Christian was more of an artistic person. After leaving the school he starts a small art gallery.
He was the first couturier to license his designs: neckties, accessories and as follows.
Too Many Fabrics
Even though Dior’s clothes are a dream-came-true to women, back in 1940s women considered his haute couture pieces too heavy to wear and too much fabric consuming. Because during these days there were a lot of limitations concerning the use of fabric that made it hard to accept the new idea.
Now when Maria Grazia Chiura is the one to bring a personal twist into the already established brand, here are few looks from the Haute Couture collection which was presented this week. The collection does look beautiful but is it Dior? Hmm…
P.S. If this is not a pure piece of art, then I don’t know what is…