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Victoria & Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Dates: 2 Feb–14 July
Tickets: From £20-£ 24 adults, U11s Free
The wait is finally over! We have been counting down the gloomy January days aching to get to the end of the month knowing we would be amongst the lucky few to get a sneak preview of the V&A's blockbuster Dior exhibition. WOW is was worth the wait......
We predict this will be one of the biggest shows of the year (if not the biggest) sitting on level ground with the fabulous Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty staged in 2015.
Reimaged for the V&A and based on the sell-out Christian Dior: Couturier du Reve at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris the V&A's new show is simply staggering. The history of the House of Dior, from 1947 to current day, is beautifully told through 11 different rooms from the stucco boutique facade of the Avenue Montaigne Dior and the temple de l'Amour in Versailles to the Ateliers Cabinet of Curiosity and a glittering Ballroom with shooting stars and frescos from Blenheim Palace.
After years of wartime austerity Dior's 'New Look' with pinched in waists, razor sharp tailoring and lavish full skirts was revolutionary.
Throughout the exhibition original gowns designed by Dior himself are nestled amongst the creations of those who succeeded him; Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. We found it hugely satisfying trying to pick out his gowns from those designed by the Artist Directors who followed in his footsteps. We were struck by how extraordinarily modern many of the designs created in the 1950's were compared to dresses created in the last 10 years showing the true timeless quality of all the Dior designs.
Highlights for us included the gleaming mirrored Ateliers double-height room packed with toile prototypes and the Dior Garden draped with thousands of ornate paper rose garlands illustrating the huge inspiration Dior took from flowers and gardens.
We think little ones will be mesmerised by the glamor of The Ballroom which cleverly recreates (through dazzling special effects) a sparkling ballroom at Blenheim Palace. As day turns to night the ballroom fills with golden glittering rain, shooting stars and constellations.
With over 200 rare couture gowns including dresses worn by Margot Fonteyn, Princess Margaret, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicole Kidman we could have stayed all day. The craftsmanship that continues to emanate from the House of Dior is breath-taking.
A perfect winter treat and a total joy. Unmissable.
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Dates: 2 Feb–14 July
Tickets: From £20-£ 24 adults, U11s Free
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
020 7942 2000
How to get there:
Tube: South Kensington
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