The exhibition Le Théâtre Dior takes its visitors on nothing less than a voyage through the history of the House. A voyage through its most iconic creations, reproduced in miniature, from the Bar suit, emblem of the New Look, shown on 12 February 1947, to the majestic gown Mexique embroidered in gold sequins, via the Miss Dior dress of 1949, sprinkled with fabric roses, lilacs and jasmine, and its contemporary big sister in impressionistic motifs, designed by Raf Simons for his very first haute couture collection for Dior. All the savoir-faire of the petites mains in the House’s ateliers is evident in these delicate creations, identical to the originals down to the smallest detail. First produced in toile form, in the purest haute couture tradition, they’re sewn with an extreme meticulousness that respects their rigorous architecture, then embroidered by hand with the greatest care and attention.
Over the course of the installations that make up the exhibition, the visitor rediscovers, at the same time as these elegant reduced dresses, what makes the world of Christian Dior so special. It’s the couturier’s love for gardens, evoked by a bed of techno flowers in which bloom bottles of Diorsissimo and the floral dress Miss Dior. It’s the precious world of the perfume J’adore, which we find in an installation glowing with gold leaf, like the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Lastly, it’s the glamorous balls that Christian Dior was passionate about, expressed in the rhythm of the waltzes that give life to a series of ten miniature dresses, twirling before the viewer’s eyes to better reveal the richness of their details.
© Bakas Algirdas