I was so excited to hear! During my stay in Paris, the House of Dior celebrated 70 years with an exhibit at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs (a beautiful small gallery attached to the Louvre). This was hands down one of the best fashion exhibits ever. Not to mention my first. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it, 70 years of couture on display, under one roof.
I was blown away by the selection of dresses, gowns, suits and accessories. The curators sourced flawlessly from Dior’s first collection, up to and including designs from the current creative artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri. She also happens to be the first female designer for Dior. Walking from one vignette to the next, led you through the history of Christian Dior. Details about each designer taking the helm after Dior’s death in 1957 kept you interested and wanting more. There was so much to take in.
You couldn’t help but notice the seamless styles from one designer to the next. The Dior vision was front and centre with subtle cues making each designer’s era their own. Honestly, I can’t say enough that I had goosebumps by the end of the exhibit. Can you imagine the dream job of sorting through the treasures of Dior fashion? Oh my gosh, what about the items that never made it?
Paris, where there is love and love of fashion, I’m not sure which of the two is more important, but I’m pretty sure they go hand in hand. I have had many love affairs with dresses and shoes in the past, it is possible. Do you know what I’m talking about? It’s the new pair of shoes that you can’t help but open your closet door for, just one more sneak peek, or the dress you tried on for the fifth time. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone with this fashion obsession. As for me, to walk through the beautiful designs of Dior for the past 70 years is enough to satisfy this girl’s obsession, at least for a little while.