We told you yesterday about the exhibition Le Petit Théâtre Dior taking place in Chengdu, China. We were there for its setting-up and the installation of the dresses.
After its journey from Paris to Chengdu, it's taken a month before Le Petit Théâtre Dior has been able to unveil its sixty miniature dresses presented inside twelve gray sets. Right now is the time for final adjustments: a technician makes sure that the background music for the Grand Bal Dior installation is perfectly synchronized with the waltz in three-quarter time of the sumptuous miniature Schuman dress and the ten others that surround it. Further along, the pastel dress from the fall-winter 2012-2013 haute couture collection by Raf Simons for Dior is carefully displayed inside a giant lipstick tube. Our attention is then drawn to the room dedicated to J’adore which captures all the magic and opulence of the Galerie des Glaces in Versailles with walls that look like they're covered in gold leaf and, on the ceiling, a striking chandelier composed of mini perfume bottles. Next to it, another animation arouses our curiosity; a bed of digital flowers evokes a classic French garden in which, like magnificent bouquets, two bottles of Diorissimo are flowering. The Miss Dior dress designed by Christian Dior in 1949 blooms in the middle of its flower, like a lovely bud, appearing and then disappearing among the petals. This meticulous and precise work across these twelve installations in twelves different shades of gray – the couturier's favorite color – allows the viewer to discover the essence of the Dior spirit distilled in sixty delicately-proportioned dresses.