House of Dior evolution on display

World | 1 Feb 2019 8:30 pm

Visitors to London’s V&A Museum get to see tomorrow more than 500 objects, including in excess of 200 couture garments, and follow the House of Dior as it evolved under various artistic directors, from the wildly eccentric designs of John Galliano to the feminist vision of present-day director Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first woman to helm the brand.

Cullen, the curator, mused about Christian Dior’s unlikely beginnings in fashion as the son of a man in the fertilizer business. His parents didn’t want him to be in trade, and had aspirations for him to train as a diplomat — but it wasn’t to be.

"There he was in his 30s with no money, no profession and needing to train again. It’s really interesting how he decided to become a fashion illustrator — and that’s how he came to fashion,” she said.

"Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” opens to the public tomorrow and runs until July 14.

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