A few months ago I took the time to go to the Dior exhibit at the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris, because for a fashion student it’s basically research and a whole class in the short span of an hour and a half. I had been seeing posts about it for months, but between being back in the states for the summer and then classes when I got back, I didn’t quite have the time to get there. Those factors, and then the (1000% true) rumors of six hour lines, it took me way longer than it should have to get there. But, after booking my ticket 1 month in advance because it was that popular, I finally made it to the exhibit, and WOW.
It was just as good as the hype made you believe. It maps through the era with Dior at the helm of his house, how he got there, and many of his collections and inspirations when he was there. Then, it also highlights the creative directors of the house that have been there since, detailing their work and the fashion world’s reaction to their appointment and subsequent impacts on the storied house. While the entire exhibit was breathtaking, as a fashion student I really appreciated the incorporation of more technical aspects, like the entire room that was just full of muslins of garments (a.k.a. kinds of things that make a patternmaker’s heart palpitate).
While I could sit here and bore you with a 10 page essay about the exhibit, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Full disclosure: this is a photo HEAVY post, but if you’re a massive nerd like me it’s totally worth it. Scroll for the whole photographic lowdown!