A Friday Afternoon with Dior

When I was little, I dreamed of being a fashion designer. I would spent hours sketching dresses, accessories, and even pants for my dad. While I don’t necessarily hold the same dreams now, there’s still a small part of me that will always want to be a part of the fashion world.

I wish the younger me could have experienced what I saw today.

I spent my Friday afternoon  at the Christian Dior exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Conveniently, this museum is only about a ten minute walk from my house. I don’t know why I had not gone before. The exhibition is celebrating 70 years since the creation of the House of Dior. There was a line to enter the museum even after we had purchased tickets online, but the exhibition is more than worth the wait.

The exhibition was split into two parts; the first showed the origins of the Dior label and the other showed the more recent designs from the House of Dior. The exhibition begins with a timeline of Christian Dior’s life. There are old family photos from the late 19th century, portraits painted of him by other artists, and early sketches of his designs. It’s incredible to see the history behind the famous Maison de Dior.

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Audrey Hepburn in Dior. I just about died with excitement.

Below are Dior pieces photographed by various photographers. I love the simplicity of the images chosen.

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In another dimly lit room, we were shown a rainbow of Christian Dior’s designs through the years. Dior was such a talented fashion designer because he thought of EVERYTHING. He paid attention to every detail that went into his designs. (The man put Swarovski crystals in the heels of his boots!!) The colorama portion of the exhibition displayed his designs, accessories, and sketches in a monochromatic fashion.

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There was also an entire wall of fashion magazines over the years that featured his designs on their covers. And yes, the “We Should All be Feminists” t-shirt is from Dior and its 550 €. Not just your basic white tee, huh?

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The garden room was one of my favorite rooms in the exhibition. Everything was so feminine and floral; I wanted to take it all home. The entire ceiling had paper-cut leaves hanging from it, which made you feel as if you were really in a garden.

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The second part of the exhibition, as mentioned earlier, was dedicated to the modern House of Dior. Each artistic director that has ever been in charge of Dior since Christian Dior’s passing in 1957 had a few items of their collections featured along with a brief history of what that designer contributed to the House. Below are photos of some of my favorite pieces from the more modern Dior.

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The best part of the exhibition, not surprisingly, was at the end. There was a spacious room with Dior’s most recent designs. Gowns worn by stars on the red carpet were also showcased in this room. (The famous dress Jennifer Lawrence tripped in at the Oscars, Rihanna’s dress from the Cannes film festival, etc.) Dior has pretty much dressed everyone from Princess Diana to Emma Watson.

Every few minutes, there was a light show on the ceiling which began with sistine-chapel like paintings. The ceiling then filled with stars, which began twinkling and shooting across the “sky.” There’s no other way to describe the moment than magical.

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I spent so much time in the last room just mesmerized by the light show. Overall, I loved the exhibition. It’s a sight to see even for those who aren’t as interested in fashion as I am. The Christian Dior exhibition is going on until January 7th, so if you find yourself in Paris. . .

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