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London’s V and A Museum to host huge Christian Dior show

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum will trace the history of his fashion house and explore the impact of the French couturier from February to July 2019.

The V&A show is a “re-imagining” of the Dior exhibition that was held at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris in 2017 but adds a new element looking at the French designer’s fascination with British culture.

“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,” Dior (1905-1957), once said.

Oriole Cullen, the V&A’s fashion and textiles director, said the exhibition would “celebrate the enduring influence of the House of Dior and uncover Dior’s relationship with Britain,” the BBC reports.

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Écarlate afternoon dress, Autumn-Winter 1955 Haute Couture collection, Y line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Last year, more than 700,000 people saw the Dior exhibition in Paris but the V&A will also re-mount the extravagant presentation Dior held at Blenheim Palace near Oxford in 1954.

The V and A show includes more than 500 objects, including Dior’s personal possessions, sketches and fashion photography dating from 1947. Among the 200 haute couture garments will be the dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday.

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Sketch by Christian Dior for model Londres, Autumn-Winter 1950 Haute Couture collection. © Christian Dior.

The show will also explore how each of Dior’s successors, including John Galliano and Maria Grazia Chiuri, have honoured his designs.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will run from February 2 to July 14, 2019.

Main photo: Princess Margaret (left), with the Duchess of Marlborough behind, presents Christian Dior with a scroll entitling him to Honorary Life Membership of the British Red Cross © Popperphoto, Getty Images via V and A Museum.

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