The Esprit Dior exhibition offers a glimpse into the extraordinary world of Christian Dior. His imagination, steeped in art; his relationships with the virtuosos of his time; the distinctive, sublime look that he created, collection after collection; his taste for 18th-century splendour and his sense of the extraordinary are told through creations past and present, and carried on by his talented successor, Raf Simons. The visitor discovers all the virtuosity of a deeply French label, a Parisian icon. The Dior Haute Couture workshops resemble a magician's den, while the perfumes are just as enchanting.
With the benefit of hindsight, Monsieur Dior's visionary genius is even clearer than ever. The elegance and splendour are intact; the contemporary nature of the creations, from 1947 to today, is striking. The creations take on all their dreamlike, artistic and cultural meaning through the works of six major Korean artists: Do-Ho Suh, Lee Bul, Heryun Kim, Kim Dong-Yoo, Kiwon Park and Seon-Ghi Bahk.
In pointillist touches, dresses, perfumes, accessories, documents and photographs form the portrait of a fashion label like no other in the world and retrace the equally unique history of its privileged ties with the art world.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
281 Eulji–ro, Jung–gu, Seoul
Every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Last entry 5.30 p.m.
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