Upon entering, the magic of 30 Avenue Montaigne – replicated in an immersive setting – enchants, encouraging the public to explore no fewer than fourteen thematic universes dedicated to Dior emblems such as the Bar jacket, a manifesto for the New Look, as well as a love for world cultures. Starting with China, a country with which the House’s friendship dates back to its founding, in 1947.
The exhibition continues with flamboyant pieces by John Galliano and Maria Grazia Chiuri, in dialogue with a striking selection of photographs, including images by Willy Maywald, William Klein, Henry Clarke, Annie Leibovitz, Sarah Moon, Steven Meisel, Feng Hai and Leslie Zhang that reinterpret the infinite richness of the House’s heritage, as well as photographs specially realized for this exhibition by the young artist Gangao Lang3.
A captivating Colorama in chromatic shades composes irresistible showcases revealing miniature silhouettes, ranging from blue to yellow, and red to pink. The House’s many sources of inspiration – from the splendor of gardens to the sumptuousness of Versailles and fancy dress balls – are also on display, as are images of celebrities and princesses in Dior.
An odyssey from yesterday to today, offering a prodigious journey through the world and dreams of Dior.
1- Curator of Modern Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.2- Gao Weigang, Liang Yuanwei, Lin Tianmiao, Liu Jianhua, Wang Guangle, Xu Bing, Yan Pei-Ming, Zheng Guogu.3- In 2019, Gangao Lang, then a student at the Institute of Visual Art in Shanghai, received the Dior Prize for Photography for young talents at the Rencontres d’Arles. Dior commissioned the young artist to realize a series of images, which appear in the catalogue for this exhibition.
Photographer: Dirk Weiblen
Following its success at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams will open at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai from July 28th to October 4th, 2020, with a new scenographic narrative, curated by Oriole Cullen 1, the show crowns more than seventy years of virtuoso passion. Visitors will be able to discover many exceptional pieces including more than 250 haute couture dresses, illustrations by René Gruau and Christian Bérard, and works and installations by renowned Chinese artists2.