November Inspiration: "Christian Dior Couturier du Rêve" Paris, France

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Fashion

is the king of Paris, France. Bow down. Not only is Paris the capital of France, but most importantly it is the fashion capital of the world. The word fashion means so much more than the combination of interwoven textiles draped upon any given individual, it is the Parisian way of life. It is that almost tangible coolness that radiates from the ultra chic; the Coco Chanels, the Jean Paul Gautiers, the Hubert de Givenchys, the Thierry Muglers, the Pierre Balmains. But, of all the fashion obsessed, one French man commanded the attention of women all over the world with his "New Look." That man innovated some of the most revolutionary designs in Women's Apparel. That man, that legend, is Christian Dior.

I had the honor

of visiting the Musée des Arts Décoratifs 70th Anniversary celebration exhibit of the House of Dior. The Parisian exhibit runs until January 7, 2018. If you're en route to Paris for the holidays, I beg you to stop to see this limited time curated brilliance, Christian Dior Couturier du Reve. The lavish and comprehensive exhibition invites visitors on a voyage of discovery through the universe of the House of Dior's founder and the illustrious couturiers who succeeded him: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and most recently, Maria Grazia Chiuri. The selection of over 300 haute couture gowns designed between 1947 and the present day has a unifying thread of emotions, life stories, affinities, inspirations, creations and legacies. Alongside the dresses is the most wide-ranging display to date of workshop canvases and fashion photographs, as well as hundreds of documents (illustrations, sketches, documentary photographs, letters and notes, and advertising documents) and fashion accessories (hats, jewellery, bags, shoes and perfume bottles).

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PRO TIP:

Purchase tickets in advance at the MUSÉE DES ARTS DÉCORATIFS website. This exhibit is attracting all the fashion obsessed, and will sell out. And who has time in Paris to wait for hours in a line? Not you. 

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INSTALLATION: THE DIOR GARDENS

"An array of paper flowers was installed like a hanging garden by Wanda artists to depict Christian Dior’s passion for flowers and gardens - one which has proved a constant inspiration for the brand’s creations. They bloom alongside floral dresses by Christian Dior and his successors, right up to Maria Grazia Chiuri, all against a backdrop of artworks by Claude Monet and Marc Quinn."

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INSTALLATION: HALL OF MIRRORS

My heart-stopping moment whilst exploring the exhibition was the gown ballroom inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at the Château de Versailles. The ballroom of gowns include some worn by royals, such as Princess Grace of Monaco and Princess Diana, others by celebrities, including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, and Jennifer Lawrence, all displayed under the arched 50-foot-high ceiling of the museum’s central nave. Projected upon the entire ballroom is a light show that recreates the space over and over. The sight robbed me of breath, and I'll forever be changed by the magic of Dior. 

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