First look inside V&A Christian Dior: Dior Designer of Dreams

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Only the V&A can bring a static exhibition to life. I forgot I was looking at clothes on a mannequin and was immersed and transported inside the magic of Dior.

The exhibition investigates Dior’s creative collaborations with British manufacturers, including Dents (gloves), Rayne (shoes) Lyle & Scott (knitwear) and Mitchel Maer (costume jewellery). It also focuses on his most notable early British clients, from author Nancy Mitford to ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn. A highlight is the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London following conservation work. The exhibition also brings to life Dior’s spectacular fashion shows staged in the UK’s most luxurious stately homes, including Blenheim Palace in 1954, of which several ensembles are now in the V&A’s collection.

The Christian Dior designer of dreams exhibition will be open 2nd February 2019.

All photographs were taken by me

London LifeAshanti Jason