If you plan on visiting Paris in the upcoming months and you consider yourself as a fashion devotee, then you don’t want to miss Christian Dior’s exhibition at Museé Arts Décoratifs. This breathtaking exhibition is worth every minute of your time. You only need to accept the fact that this is one of the most visiting exhibitions worldwide and you will have a hard time taking a picture without other people.
The exhibition is a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the House of Dior. It is open to a public eye from the 5th of July 2017 until the 7th of January 2018. It is spread over 3,000 square meters and featuring over 300 dresses from the house’s own archive, as well as loans from museums and private collections. All the haute couture gowns are designed between 1947 and the present day has a unifying thread of emotions, life stories, inspirations, creations, and legacies. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams (Couturier du Réve) is the largest exhibition in any discipline to be shown at the space.
Curated by Florence Müller, the show is broken down into 23 different themes with dedicated rooms exploring the work of the individual creative directors who followed Christian Dior himself: Marc Bohan, Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and the current director Maria Grazia Chiuri.
The dresses sit amongst art and furniture, chosen by Olivier Gabet, the museum’s director, to blend with the fashion pieces. Rooms also capture different settings – a boudoir, a garden, a gallery and a street.
Plan your visit
Please note that online tickets are sold out at least for a week ahead and therefore it is crucial to plan your visit well in advance. When my fiance and I booked our flight tickets to Paris, online tickets for the exhibition were already sold out. I was, however, so excited to see the exhibition that I told myself I will try to queue and see. When my Uber driver pulled over in front of the museum, it was a good reality check. The snaking queue was longer than the Museum building itself. Even though I wanted to give up when I saw that (and a lot of people did), I was so convinced this was going to be so worth it. So I decided to queue, for the first and the very last time, for 2 hours (yes, I am not over exaggerating). However, from the moment I got in, I immediately knew this was worth every single minute of my time. Once you see the pictures below, I am confident to say that you will agree with me.
Last but not least, please kindly excuse the poor (and different) lighting of every picture, but at the museum was used different lighting in every single room and the colour was changing every few minutes.