This exhibition is now closed at V&A South Kensington
Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition traces 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.
Swarovski is delighted to partner with the V&A in the landmark staging of Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams. Swarovski and Dior have a long history of collaboration. We are proud to help celebrate one of the world’s greatest design talents, his life and legacy, and the creative directors who have followed him at the house of Dior. Founded in the Austrian Alps more than 120 years ago by Daniel Swarovski, our company has a history that is closely intertwined with that of Parisian fashion and the early couturiers. As the leading provider of crystals to haute couture designers, Swarovski was Christian Dior’s choice to embellish his creations. In 1956, Manfred Swarovski worked with Monsieur Dior to create a unique crystal with a rainbow effect called Aurora Borealis. Since then the partnership has grown ever stronger, with successive creative directors at Dior using Swarovski crystals to realise their visions. We look forward to many more glittering collaborations in the future.
Inside the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition
Take a look inside the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition
Dior in Britain
A confirmed Anglophile, Christian Dior associated his many visits to Britain with "a sensation of happiness and great personal freedom"
Modelling for a legend – Svetlana Lloyd on Dior
Listen to 1950s Dior mannequin Svetlana Lloyd discussing working for the house
Stephen Jones and Dior
Milliner, Stephen Jones, discusses working alongside Dior to create exquisite hats and headpieces to complement their designs
Fashion unpicked: The 'Bar' suit by Christian Dior
Watch dressmaking expert and V&A volunteer, Sue Clark, as she examines Christian Dior's 'Bar' suit
Meet Jean Dawnay, Dior's English rose
Jean Dawnay's daughter, Katya Galitzine, discusses her Mother's modelling career during Dior's golden age
A musical Dior brooch
Much loved by its owner, what music does this beautiful brooch by Mitchel Maer for Christian Dior play?
Children's activity book and trail
Complete the activities, find the objects and answer the quiz questions to learn more about Dior during your visit to the exhibition.