The Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum in London is celebrating the legacy of legendary French couturier Christian Dior with the launch of an upcoming exhibition titled “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.”
The exhibit, which is open to the public on Saturday, February 2, features over 500 pieces (including 200 couture gowns) ranging from 1947 to the present day, spotlighting the stunning creations of Dior and his six successors since then. According to Fashionista, this is the brand’s largest exhibition yet in the U.K., and is 60 percent larger than the brand’s 2018 couture exhibit in Paris titled “Christian Dior: Couturier du Reve.”
The pièce de résistance of the captivating collection is a gown Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, sported on her 21st birthday. According to The Standard, the dress is on loan to the V&A by the Museum of London.
Oriole Cullen, the V&A’s fashion and textiles curator, said in a statement that “in 1947, Christian Dior changed the face of fashion with his ‘New Look,’ which redefined the female silhouette and reinvigorated the post-War Parisian fashion industry. More than seventy years after its founding, the V&A’s exhibition will celebrate the enduring influence of the House of Dior and uncover Dior’s relationship with Britain.”
The exhibit also features custom pieces explicitly made for the red carpet, such as Jennifer Lawrence‘s red gown for the Oscars. Also on display are Christian Dior’s personal possessions, accessories, fashion photography, film, vintage perfume, original make-up, and illustrations. Flip through to get a taste of the collection.
This article originally appeared inHarper’s BAZAAR US.