I was extremely happy and lucky to get a chance to attend the private view of the V&A’s major exhibition, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams before it opened to the public today, 2nd February. It certainly was everything and more. The signature look was evident through the timeline of Dior. A wasp-waist jacket with full skirt, which has stood the test of time together with princess worthy haute couture evening gowns.
I have remained a Dior fan since my first purchase some 20 years back, so this exhibit was particularly special for me. It all started when I purchased my first Dior handbag at the age of 22, which didn’t leave much change from my modest months salary. I remember feeling slightly embarrassed that I’d spent that much and it was maybe a little irresponsible at the time, but I also felt extremely proud of my purchase and it started a love affair with Dior that has endured. The handbag, designed under then creative director John Galliano has now, become a firm vintage favourite of mine which compliments the newer pieces which I have purchased since.
The exhibition highlights the early start of Dior in 1947 to the present, and traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential design houses, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house. A must see.
Christie’s France is pleased to announce the third edition of its Handbags & Accessories auction which will take place in Paris on March 5th during Fashion Week. Each season, the sale features exceptional handbags, trunks and accessories from French Maisons such as Hermès, Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton. Additionally, on March 17th in Dubai, in celebration of Christie’s 10th anniversary in the city, the auction house will hold its first sale of rare handbags in the region as part of the Elements of Style concept in conjunction with watches and jewellery.
Raf Simons’ collection for Dior was much softer than his ‘Ready to-wear’ collection. With a slight fairytale feel to the show. Models went down the catwalk in subtle shades, floral embroidery contrasting against sharp black.
The dress that particularly caught my eye though was this exquisite black floor length gown with sheer lace and floral panel that gives that peek a boo of skin.
This has red carpet written all over it.
Dior did not dissapoint at their fall/winter collection today in Paris. Public Description saw a collection filled with feminine pinks, sophisticated blacks as well as lilacs and greys. Models glided down the runway wearing platform shoes with an almost ballerina appearance worn with flowing fabrics of chiffon to below the knee. Fur handbags added drama and elegance to the outfits.