Exhibition Opening on Saturday, 2 February 2019

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

"There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking." Christian Dior

  • Opening on Saturday, 2 February 2019

  • The Sainsbury Gallery

  • Tickets available soon

Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.

Exhibition Highlights

Sketch by Christian Dior for model Oxford, Spring-Summer 1947 Haute Couture collection. © Christian Dior.

Christian Dior with model Lucky, circa 1955. Courtesy of Christian Dior.

Christian Dior with model Sylvie, circa 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior.

Sketch by Christian Dior for model Londres, Autumn-Winter 1950 Haute Couture collection. © Christian Dior.

Diorling perfume, 1963. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Écarlate afternoon dress, Autumn-Winter 1955 Haute Couture collection, Y line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Guépard afternoon dress, Autumn-Winter 1959 Haute Couture collection, 1960 line. Christian Dior by Yves Saint Laurent. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Clark. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Pérou short evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Cecil Beaton. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Princess Margaret (left), with the Duchess of Marlborough behind, presents Christian Dior with a scroll entitling him to Honorary Life Membership of the British Red Cross © Popperphoto, Getty Images

Soirée de décembre evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Dame Margot Fonteyn. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Yves Saint Laurent in front of Christian Dior London, 11th November 1958. © Popperfoto, Getty Images

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