In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, the Royal Ontario Museum presents Christian Dior, an exhibition focusing on the early years of Christian Dior haute couture from 1947 to 1957.
This retrospective runs from November 25, 2017 to March 18, 2018. it explores the brilliance behind Christian Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the Paris fashion industry following the Second World War.
Presented by Holt Renfrew, the exhibition draws from the ROM’s permanent collection of Textiles and Fashions and is augmented with loans of accessories. Christian Dior features more than 100 objects, including 38 designs from daytime and evening wear to grand occasions.
Born in 1905 in Granville, France, Christian Dior began his career in Paris as a freelance designer and sketch artist, selling fashion illustrations to magazines in 1935. His first job in an haute couture house was in 1938 when Robert Piguet hired him as modéliste. In 1941, Christian Dior joined the house of Lucien Lelong as assistant designer and in 1946 he set up his own couture house. On February 12, 1947, Christian Dior presented his first collection, that became known as “The New Look”
The soft shoulders, cinched waist, accentuated hips and long full skirts of Christian Dior’s masterful cuts swept away the wartime masculine silhouette and launched a fashion revolution that influenced women’s fashion throughout the 1950’s and continues to this day.
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