When I was studying at Art college, I would always travel up to London to check out the latest exhibitions. I would visit the Tate Modern, The Saatchi Gallery to see all pieces from the Brit Art era, Tracey Emin’s unmade bed, and Damien Hirst’s ‘Away from the Flock’
But the museum I loved to visit most of all was the V&A. I remember one of my first visits there. The vast entrance hall being so grand and beautiful it was breathtaking.
All the premiant exhibits they have are so interesting, but on that particular visit, I was there to see The Vivienne Westwood Exhibition. I remember being in awe of not only her designs but also how everything was displayed. It told the story behind each of her collections.
Over the years I have seen some beautifully curated exhibitions there from the Kylie Minogue Showgirl Exhibition to The Hollywood Costume Exhibition, each one has left a lasting impression on me.
This museum visit was all about Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams. This exhibition was a celebration of the couture house’s best designs, not only showcasing his first collection but also highlighting the strong impression and influence he has had on the Creative Directors that have followed in his footsteps.
The exhibition had nine separate rooms, each had a different theme that drew on different influences. The first room featured his New Look collection which was his first collection, the room was filled with many of his beautiful designs which played with female proportions, full skirts with dramatic shoulder details and tiny waists.
His designs were favored by Princess Margaret and the dress that he designed for her 21st Birthday portrait was on display. It looked so beautiful and had so much detail in the skirt, it was a typical dress you would imagine and princess to wear, it looked like something from a fairytale.
Other rooms showed influences from 18th Century fashion, think Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette kind of style. Most pieces had beautiful embroidery on them and
The Garden Room, featured floral pieces, including the Miss Dior dress once worn by Natalie Portman. Dior had a love of gardening and took many ideas for his collections from the gardens he spent time in as a child.
The Ballroom featured ball gowns in an array of
I think for me The Garden Room was one of my favorites as the dresses that were featured were all feminine and had lovely blossom prints and dreamy shaping to all the pieces. There are flowers blossoms coming down from the ceiling, which made it feel very romantic and dreamy.
This was an amazing exhibition, it’s the best one I’ve seen in a while, to see all the beautiful outfits up close, to see the craftsmanship and all the tiny details in each piece, was just stunning.