Saturday February 1st, 2019 saw the eagerly anticipated opening of the truly magical ‘Dior Designer of Dreams Exhibition’ at the V&A London. The coverage in the days ahead of the opening was simply intoxicating, whipping up a throughly warranted frenzy that saw rave reviews aplenty, ticket sales soar and hearts race. A heady mix of one of the greatest Fashion Exhibitions in the UK to date, the V&As reputation for fashion spectaculars and a hugely important event for the House of Dior and the scene was well and truly set.
‘5 STAR The greatest fashion show the V&A has ever staged’
You can imagine, I feel immensely excited, humbled and privileged to share with you that pieces of jewellery from my personal Dior collection have been chosen by the V&A to play a part and are on display in this iconic Dior Designer of Dreams Exhibition. You can find my Christian Dior Bal des Oiseaux necklace and earrings, created by London based designer Mitchel Maer for Christian Dior encased with wonderful treasures in the Dior in Britain section. This particular section, of the eleven in the exhibition, charts exquisitely the story of Monsieur Dior, the celebrated couturier in Britain. Front and centre is Princess Margaret’s 21st Birthday gown made for her by Christian Dior in 1951. Lovingly restored for this exhibition, the dress is brought to life by the accompanying lifesize Cecil Beaton imagery of Princess Margaret sitting for her 21st Birthday portrait.
It’s hard to describe the history and emotions this room evokes so maybe this snippet from Another Mag helps to convey…
The 21st birthday dress is the lynchpin of ‘Dior in Britain’, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve reimagined by the V&A’s Orielle Cullen for its London leg. What’s explored is a facet of the grand French maison closer to home. The global Dior of today can be traced back to establishing a second premises, Christian Dior London, in 1952, and its collaborations with British manufacturers, including Dents for gloves; Rayne (shoes); Lyle & Scott (knitwear) and Mitchel Maer (costume jewellery). It’s the work of Mr Dior’s all-seeing panorama that ensures the house still shines today.
Thank you sincerely to the V&A, the utterly exceptional Oriole Cullen (Curator for the Exhibition) and her incredible team for making my dream come true. As a practically lifelong fan and follower of vintage Dior jewellery this entire experience is one I will remember and treasure for a lifetime. There are many stories to be shared over the coming months whilst the exhibition runs and I hope you will pop back to read them.
The exhibition is largely sold out but do try and visit this awe inspiring, truly magical exhibition if you can. If you are in any doubt whether Dior is for you, a visit will certainly determine that. Ends July 14th 2019.
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