I was so excited that during my stay in Paris, the House of Dior celebrated 70 years with an exhibit at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs (a beautiful gallery attached to the Louvre). The opportunity to visit the Christian Dior Couturier Du Rêve, or Designer of Dreams, was, hands down, the best fashion exhibit ever, not to mention my first. I’ve never experienced anything like it, 70 years of couture on display under one roof.
Nevertheless, 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. Not only, but she also happens to be the first female designer for Dior. Slowly 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.
However, 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. I had goosebumps by the exhibit’s end. Also, can you imagine the dream job of sorting through the treasures of 70 years of Dior fashion? Oh my gosh, what about the items that never made it to the exhibit?!
Paris, where there is love and the 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. You know what I’m saying? It’s the new pair of shoes 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 in this fashion obsession. As for me, to have walked 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.