The largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior. Designer of Dreams traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him, to explore the enduring influence of the fashion house.
Based on the exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des
Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the exhibition is reimagined for the V&A. A brand-new section explores,
for the first time, the designer’s fascination with British culture. Dior admired the grandeur of
the great houses and gardens of Britain, as well as British-designed ocean liners, including the
Queen Mary. He also had a preference for Savile Row suits. His first UK fashion show took
place at London’s Savoy Hotel, and in 1952 he established Christian Dior London.
A The Sainsbury Gallery, V&A, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL