We’re consistently seeking inspiration and motivation during this uncertain course of time. The newly released Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams documentary displays the spectacular work behind the scenes of the Designer of Dreams exhibition which celebrated Dior's 70th anniversary, held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris 5 July 2017 to 7 January 2018.
The film showcased seventy years of Dior’s creations revealed through iconic haute couture dresses, precious archival photographs and sketches by Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, Gianfranco Ferré, Marc Bohan and finally, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Here are five things we learned from watching the film:
1. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs possesses over 700 pieces related to Christian Dior
Although fashion conglomerate, LVMH transported and assembled Dior pieces from all over the world, including from the Metropolitan Museum New York, De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of London, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs carries the majority of Christian Dior's prized work over the years.
2. Over 300 iconic Christian Dior dresses were displayed at the Designer of Dream Exhibition in Paris
The team at Dior and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs had the difficult task of editing 300 dresses down from a total of 1,000.
3. Christian Dior created his most inspired designs in the similar circumstances to today's COVID-19 pandemic
The World War II had a major impact on the fashion industry, especially couture, just as the COVID-19 pandemic has on fashion today. Christian Dior had to rethink his designs and silhouettes for women during this period. “Couture was badly affected by the war and the Occupation, quite a few fashion houses closed. The world of couture obviously suffered greatly,” said Olivier Gabet, Director of Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
4. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams was the largest exhibition paying homage to Dior in France and in the UK
The exhibition which took place in Paris in July 2017 to January 2018 had conveyed to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London from February 2019 to September 2019 and was the biggest Christian Dior display both cities had witnessed to date. Dior's next exhibition of iconic haute couture garments was due to take place at the McCord Museum Montreal in June 2020 to September 2020, but the future of the event is uncertain due to the ongoing pandemic.
5. The Pharaoh headpiece from Dior’s Spring 2004 collection by John Galliano was made and assembled in three different countries
“The pattern was made here in France, the resin was cut in Belgium, it was plated in England, and then the final assembly was done back in France again. So it was a big logistical adventure to create,” shared Stephen Jones, Milliner at Dior.
Watch the incredible artistic direction of Monsieur Dior and the Creative Directors who have succeeded him in the Designer of Dreams documentary here:
Photos: Courtesy of the V&A and Supplied