From the beginning, Christian Dior envisaged an entire look for the well-dressed woman that included, shoes, bags, make-up and fragrances which he initially designed himself. Later, the House collaborated with milliners such as Stephen Jones and shoe designer Roger Vivier.
For over ten years, the French shoe designer Roger Vivier was enlisted to create footwear using exquisite embroideries and luxurious fabrics. In recognition of his status, Vivier’s name can be seen stamped into the insole alongside Dior’s.
A not to be missed highlight of the exhibition is the bespoke workspace featuring toiles (prototypes) and, for the first and last week of the exhibition, Dior atelier staff at work. There is also a large video screen that provides a fascinating insight to the workings of the House.
And the finished product.
The work in progress …
and the exquisite craftsmanship.
There’s a section exploring Dior’s early and unique relationship with Australia, including the 1948 Spring fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney and documented publicity surrounding it.
No fashion exhibition would be complete without the inclusion of design sketches and these are really worthy of a close-up peep.
Finally, a room full of wonders that includes Miranda Kerr’s wedding dress and a carousel with a superb John Galliano creation
Simply click through the clips to view behind the scenes of the exhibition, the details of Miranda Kerr’s wedding dress and a fascinating interview with milliner, Stephen Jones.