For a true fashionista, a historic costume exhibition is like honey to our buzzing appetite. There is something wholly whimsical about peering into the past to see how our ancestors lived and dressed. It’s a source of information when it comes to bettering our understanding of history but it’s also simply thrilling to see the styles that have come and gone.
From April 8 to September 24, the Musée Christian Dior located in Normandy is holding an exhibition dedicated to the great Christian Dior. The exhibition will focus on a dialogue between the couturier’s childhood at Granville and the designs produced in his fashion house. ‘Christian Dior and Granville: The Source of The Legend‘ not only pays tribute to a period of his life that would later profoundly influence his work but the exhibition is also a celebration of the house’s 70th anniversary.
Curated by fashion historian Florence Müller, each floor of the house is divided into different themes representing the designer’s life.
The ground floor, for instance, is dedicated to the influences that have shaped his artistic personality. The Japanese motifs in the entrance hall speak to his artistic flair, while the dining room is clearly decorated to showcase his Normandy appetite.
On the first floor, each bedroom is dedicated to a member of his family, using photographs, portraits and other personal effects with haute couture gowns. The exhibition ends with a look through the designer’s successors from John Galliano to Dior’s current creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri.
It’s an exhibition you wouldn’t want to miss. The whole house is interspersed with couture pieces from Dior’s archives, but if that doesn’t interest you then you’ll certainly be wowed by the Instagram-worthy beauty of the whole setting.