Christian Dior Retrospective on View in Paris

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To mark 70 years of haute couture by Dior, a new exhibition on view at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris surveys the illustrious fashion designs by Christian Dior and the six celebrated creative directors who succeeded him—Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri—while charting the provocative history of the French fashion maison and its longstanding affiliations with the decorative arts.

In the atelier setting, monochromatic dresses line the walls from floor to ceiling.

Designed by Paris-based interior architect Nathalie Crinière and co-curated by Florence Müller and Olivier Gabet, “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” spans 32,000 square feet across the Palais du Louvre’s western wing, filling both the museum’s fashion floor and the nave opposite, as it showcases a selection of more than 300 gowns from the past seven decades alongside atelier toiles, photographs, and dozens of documents, including sketches, illustrations, and letters.

More than 300 gowns from 1947–2017 are presented in a chronological and thematic succession of galleries.

The layout is both chronological and thematic. Crinière presents the show in successive settings to suggest an art gallery, an atelier, a street, a boudoir, and a garden. She crafted each scenic milieu to emphasize the artistic motifs intrinsic to Dior’s repertoire. The lavishly comprehensive retrospective incorporates paintings, sculptures, and decorative objects to illustrate the inspirations embedded within the couturier’s indelible palate—revealing the broader influence of art and design on the enduring house of Dior’s fashion legacy. The exhibition is on view through January 7, 2018, with no plans for the show to travel.

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