When Dior launched their eagerly anticipated Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A last year it smashed box office records, quickly becoming the museum’s most-visited show of all time. Now the French fashion house has released a virtual tour of the groundbreaking exhibition, in a bid to bring a bit of magic and wonder to lockdown life.
The landmark London exhibition was the largest and most comprehensive Dior retrospective to be held in England, tracking the impact of the chic fashion house from 1947 until the present day and drawing extensively on Dior’s archives and couture collections. The show also explored the innovative vision of Christian Dior himself as well as the creative directors who succeeded him, from Yves Saint Laurent to Maria Grazia Chiuri.
It’s no wonder, then, that over half a million people came through the V&A‘s doors to marvel at the enchanting gowns on display and peruse the precious archival sketches. The show was in such high demand that the entire run sold out in just three weeks, leading to the museum extending it for a further seven weeks.
Before it was staged to such acclaim at the V&A, however, the exhibition was first held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the birthplace of the label. It was here that an extensive behind-the-scenes video was shot, inviting viewers into the world of Dior and allowing fans to watch the construction of the project. Now the fashion house has released that video, giving viewers the opportunity to walk through the exhibition in full and hear from experts and curators about the history of the house.
So whether you missed out on nabbing a ticket the first time around or you simply want to reimmerse yourself in the splendour of Dior, now’s your chance to experience fashion escapism at its finest.