• Francesco Lo Iacono

DIOR - DESIGNER OF DREAMS


Hard to describe my feelings while visiting "Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams", the largest Dior exhibition in UK history, hosted by the Victoria&Albert Museum. It was such a privilege to be able to dive into the archive of this iconic French house, that has shaped the world of fashion in so many and precious ways over the years.

The exhibition explores the history of Christian Dior since its beginning in 1947, when Monsieur Dior opened his atelier in Paris. The starting point is "The New Look", that changed the codes of fashion, bringing a breath of fresh air.

The exhibition highlights also the work of the six creative directors that have succeeded Monsieur Dior after his death in 1957, including Maria Grazia Chiuri, who is currently at the helm at the House of Dior.

Other sections of the display, explore the relationship of Monsieur Dior with Britain, history, flowers and travels.

As an illustrator, I couldn't help myself but sketching live while visiting the exhibition, trying to get a glimpse of that beauty the French house has been known for over the years. I picked the iconic New Look and two of my favourite looks by John Galliano and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

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