From 1947 to the present, the exhibition at the V & A Museum London explores the history and impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers. Shown is the influence this fashion house has had on contemporary style and the strong relationship between Dior and Britain.
"Whatever you do - for work or play - do it with passion". Christian Dior
"I think of my work as ephemeral architecture, dedicated to the beauty of the female body". Christian Dior
Following the triumph of Dior's first collection in 1947, the world press eagerly anticipated each new collection speculating what Dior would present next. Anchored by the curves of the female figure, Christian Dior's designs played with structure and proportions to create clothes that were powerful for wearer and expressed his attitude.
He considered the female silhouette in all designs as well as the movement, each garment showed careful construction and elaborate workmanship. From the launch to his death ten years later, Christian Dior designed 22 collections each one including 150 looks.
Dior has entrusted seven works to seven fashion designers who had a part in constructing its history: Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
John Galliano was at the nucleus of a controversy that divided opinion. Despite the scandals he is worthy of his genius title awarded to him over the decades for the transformation he made to the Dior House. He is a unique, exceptional couturier, appointed in 1996 Galliano was at Dior until 2011 until he was fired due to anti-semitic remarks.
"Style is wearing an evening dress to McDonald's, wearing heels to play football. It is personality, confidence and seduction." John Galliano
Maria Grazia Chiuri: "Dior Has To Be About Female Empowerment".
Dior is about femininity Maria Grazia Chiuri is speaking for women now and in the future. Luxury is about craftsmanship and quality, preserving the old whilst reinventing it for the new, fashion re-defines itself. Maria Grazia Chiuri's Dior is about desirability through moral messaging its about creating collections people want to wear everyday not because its expensive but more because they desire it. Fashion can be about feminism - women need to feel confident in the everyday, not just in the special moments. Maria Grazia Chiuri was so inspired by Christian Dior for his ability to turn The House into a fashion power source in a post war climate.
Maria Grazia Chiuri: “Women Supporting Each Other Is The Future”.
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