The largest exhibition in the UK on fashion house Dior is on display only a few more days following its opening at V&A in February. It presents more than 200 rare, haute couture items from 1947 to the present day, including couture dresses worn by Princess Margaret and Jennifer Lawrence. Fashion photographer and GoSee member ANDREAS ORTNER jetted to London between his productions to take a look at the epic exhibition. “We went to London for 24 hours to see the Dior exhibition, and it was absolutely worth it! Last year, I had the pleasure of shooting a Dior special at the Dior headquarters on 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris for Harper's Bazaar and have been a huge admirer of the brand and its history ever since!'
The exhibition ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ also marks the largest fashion exhibition at the V&A since ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ in 2015 and is the first of its kind on display in the new Sainsbury wing of the museum which was designed by Amanda Levete. Unfolding across eleven themes, this unique event invites visitors to immerse themselves inside Christian Dior’s world, tracing the highlights of his life, from his childhood to the creation of his couture house at the end of 1946. A voyage through time that continues with the starring role played by such timeless icons as the eternal Bar suit, and legendary looks designed by the visionary tastemaker the couturier was.
Oriole Cullen, Curator for fashion and textiles at the V&A, notes: “In 1947, Christian Dior changed the face of fashion with his New Look, which redefined the female silhouette and reinvigorated the post-war, Parisian fashion industry.” And the designer loved England : “There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking.' Further details are available via the V&A.