Astrid Joss

“There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking.”
Christian Dior

Princess Margaret (1930-2002), photo Cecil Beaton (1904-80), London, UK, 1949. © Cecil Beaton, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.jpg

Princess Margaret (1930-2002)


If you didn’t know that Mr Dior adored Great Britain, you soon will. The V&A will open it’s largest exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior on 2 February 2019. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams offers an in-depth and wide-ranging study of the unique Haute Couture garments since 1947, with a particular focus on Dior’s love of Britain.  Across 11 theatrical sections, the exhibition showcases the exquisite skill and craftsmanship of the ateliers and successive artistic directors of the House of Dior. 

Dior’s obsession with British Royalty and the aristocracy will be explored, revealing private shows arranged for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. The exhibition will also look at Christian Dior’s most notable early British clients, from author Nancy Mitford to ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn, and his collaborations with British manufacturers, including Dents (gloves), Rayne (shoes) Lyle & Scott (knitwear) and Mitchel Maer (costume jewellery). A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations. The exhibition will also bring to life Dior’s spectacular fashion shows staged in the UK’s most luxurious stately homes, including Blenheim Palace in 1954.

Christian Dior with model Sylvie, circa 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior.jpg

Christian Dior with model Sylvie, circa 1948

Christian Dior with model Lucky, circa 1955. Courtesy of Christian Dior.jpg

Christian Dior with model Lucky, circa 1955

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams
The Sainsbury Gallery
2 February – 14 July 2019