The Galerie Dior’s tour was designed by scenographer Nathalie Crinière where the tour starts off at the top of the building going down. With thirteen different rooms in the gallery, each comes with its own unique element. Galerie Dior is the largest permanent fashion exhibition in Paris which holds 452 dresses and 1422 accessories. From learning the history of Dior and his family to walking through the Room of Wonders to being exposed to a large room filled with ball gowns and serene background music to match the mood, Crinière design allows spectators to stay enthralled throughout. Spectators are even able to stand over a glass floor where they can see the original space for models to get ready at.
My breath was taken away immediately as we were walking through the Dior Gallery. What initially caught my eye in thinking about the wear was that regardless of the elegance that each dress had, there was also an air of warmth that came with each piece. The warmth I’m referring to is directly in the color schemes of the dresses as even though the dresses are designed to standout, the color is never the focal point of the dress. It’s all about the design and the physical structure the dress and the color scheme takes a backseat as if not to steal that shine.
Also, I was especially intrigued about the section of the gallery that exhibited sketches of the dresses beforehand as that gave me a deeper creative glimpse into the making of the wear. The sketches really put an emphasis certain angles that have to be highlighted or the different parts of the woman’s body that should be accentuated. Being able to see the sketches allowed me to see the dresses in their most raw form and how Dior was able to give life to those sketches, in a sense.
Walking through the museum, I would think to myself, there is no way it can get better, but the more I walked along, it only kept getting better. From the minute you walk in and learn the history of Christian Dior to seeing the garments in their sketched form to seeing them in their most complete form, we are taken through a maze of the world of Christian Dior.
Only just having recently opened, this museum has been able to attract locals and foreigners from all corners of the world to come together to experience all the beauty in the work of Christian Dior. His ability to incorporate ideas of nature into his pieces is exceptional. His love for flowers and spring colors makes his pieces all the more better. The museums ability to also incorporate nature on the walls and in the decorations emphasizes the beauty of the dresses.
A gallery like no other, and definitely one that cannot be missed!
The Dior Gallery
11, Rue François Premier
From 11 am to 19 pm
To access to the Dior Gallery, is available by online reservation only :
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