The ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ exhibition which ran at Paris’ Musee des Arts Decoratifs for six months from July 2017 was such a hit, there was an encore at the V&A last year. The latter drew more than 590,000 visitors to make it the most attended show in the museum’s history. That turnout trumped the one for another blockbuster fashion exhibition – ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ – by more than 100,000 visitors.
So what makes the Dior exhibition such a hit? This documentary which was just released on YouTube – part of the maison’s efforts to engage audiences during this time of isolation – provides the answers. Part virtual museum tour, part fashion history 101, part visual feast, the show offers a rare and romantic behind-the-scenes look at the production of the Paris exhibition, as well as a comprehensive evolution of the brand under its various designers like Monsieur Dior himself, Yves Saint Laurent and Raf Simons.
Clocking in at 57-minute-long, watching the show will definitely be long ride. But at least you get your chance to witness one of the most successful fashion exhibitions in recent memory come to life once again.