By Sade Awe, Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Christian Dior‘s name and designs are synonymous with beauty, glamour and style. Being a huge fan of Dior, I was excited to have the opportunity to be transported through time when I was lately in London and happened on the Dior Exhibition at Harrods.
Harrods, the iconic London department store, teamed up with Dior to create an almost real life exhibition of Dior’s fashion house told through time – from past to present. It was truly a beautiful homage paid to the designer. Such gorgeous gowns were on display, from Dior’s early pieces to Raf Simon’s modern silhouettes. The expansive project – which includes a café, exhibition, window display and pop-up shop – took over 18 months to create and was inspired by the fashion house’s long-term relationship with the famed London store.
I got up close and personal to the famous breathtaking and truly stunning gold dress that Charlize Theron wore in the J’adore perfume commercial. I also got to experience the famous “Bar Suit” from 1947, considered the most iconic model in the collection, manifesting all the attributes of Dior’s dramatic style. This famous suit is usually housed in France and never moved. Of course, Audrey Hepburn was a huge Dior fan, and having the opportunity to see her silver sequin gown from 1959 was fabulous. The exhibition also included a “stars of today” projection, created on a custom mesh screen playing a host of images of famous stars wearing Dior collection to the present day. The exhibition also included the gowns Jennifer Lawrence and Julianne Moore wore recently to the Academy Awards, both incredible.
The Dior exhibition itself was so well laid out, it left me feeling like I was in wonderland. There are sets and displays beautifully and whimsically designed, including a doll’s house which held tiny furniture made using J’Adore Dior fragrance bottles; dresses worn by the label’s famous fans, from Diana, Princess of Wales, to Elizabeth Taylor; beautiful black and white imagery taken from the brand’s archives; videos explaining the concept behind its campaigns; and Dior versions of famous London landmarks including phone booths and the London Tower Bridge. The best blend of London and Paris in one amazing exhibition.
After viewing the fabulous exhibition and wandering through the Dior Pop Up Shop, I retired to the Dior Café for a delicious dinner.