You’ve probably already seen the V&A’s floral ceiling for the new Dior exhibition all over your Instagram feed – and Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams finally opens tomorrow! The exhibition showcases the history and impact of the couturier, as well as Dior’s relationship with Britain. To get you excited and give you a little taste of what to expect, we scrolled through the archives and discovered seven stunning Dior pictures you just have to see, spanning the house’s first collection in 1947, Yves Saint Laurent’s time as head designer from 1957–1960 and Marc Bohan’s creations in the ’70s…
1. Dior’s ‘New Look’
This silhouette made the brand famous, and is a part of the 1947 collection that went down in fashion history as the ‘New Look’. Of course it will also be on display at the V&A’s retrospective.
2. The first tulle dress
Dior’s tulle dresses became an Instagram craze after Maria Grazia Chiuri reintroduced them as a recurring classic in her collections for the brand from 2016. This 1955 dress might have been what inspired her…
3. Iconic lingerie
That Dior bustier top currently loved by everyone from Bella Hadid to Chiara Ferragni? It’s recognisable silhouette also dates back to the ’50s, but by adding a pair of logo straps Chiuri basically created every millennial’s dream.
4. Ava Gardner wearing Dior in The Little Hut
Dior’s creations quickly became the brand of choice for Hollywood movie productions and were worn by everyone from Ingrid Bergman to Ava Gardner on and off screen in the ’50s and ’60s.
5. Extreme glamour
Over the top glamour ruled at the Autumn/Winter 1965 collection that was shown in London. It was during Marc Bohan’s time at the brand, who is credited as the man who rescued the firm after Christian Dior passed away in 1957.
6. The show-stopping runway
The flower ceiling on display at the exhibition is a replica of the Dior’s Spring/Summer 2014 show set, but the initial reference probably stems from the 1972 runway for the Couture show, which was also decorated with an array of exotic blooms.
7. A street style favourite – then and now
This shot from 1974 could easily be a fashion week street style photo from 2019 and proves how ahead of its time the brand has always been. We’d love to see these floral wrap dresses and pantsuits make their own comeback at an upcoming Dior show…