The Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington is one of the largest museums in the world dedicated to textiles, costumes, jewellery, sculpture and printmaking. To give you an overall idea of the what the museum houses, it was originally called the museum of Manufactures. For the first half of 2019, the V&A pays hommage to one of the most incredible fashion designers in Christian Dior.
Christian Dior was described as an artistic soul by his family and he loved to explore the flowers in his family’s garden and would sell sketches to make money. Although he went to a small art school, it was when he went to work for Robert Piguet (who also trained Hubert de Givenchy) in 1937 that he found his home in fashion.
Rather than trying to revive failing fashion houses, Dior wanted to start his own, which he did in 1947 under his own name. Dior’s collections were highly structured, intricate, floral and embellished over the years and was credited as putting Paris back at the centre of the fashion world.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams Exhibition
The Designer of Dreams exhibit traces the history of one of the 20th century’s most influential fashion houses. It also explores Christian Dior’s love of Britain and the legacy of the fashion house.
The exhibition is only open until September 1st, and most of the tickets have sold out. Minimal numbers of tickets are available to purchase daily from the Grand Entrance of the V&A from 10 am. They are on a first come, first serve basis (people were queuing at 9:20 am on the day we visited). The tickets are only available for that date but at a later time. Please do not purchase tickets from anywhere other than the V&A directly as they will not be legitimate.
To find out more information, visit the V&A website here.