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Dior Exhibition- Paris


The works of couturier Christian Dior have stimulated the fashion industry for decades. In celebration of the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary,  Musée des Art Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Art) is displaying the designer in their largest exhibition ever. Over 300 haute couture gowns will be featured, spanning two main spaces of the museum’s first floor.  The exhibit named “Cristian Dior: Couture Du Rêve” (Dream Couturier) creatively shows the iconic designs through the many years of fame.

Dior started out his career when he opened his own art gallery in Paris. After the Great Depression, Dior sold his illustrations eventually landing him a job in the fashion industry. The House of Dior was founded in 1947 at a time when women’s fashion was filled with overly-masculine silhouettes. Christian Dior is best known for the “Corolle” and “Fin 8” collections, which are more widely known as the “New Look” due to the revolutionary designs. This collection and more from the other seven creative directors of the brand will be shown alongside corresponding pieces of art.

Each space has different themes to showcase the gowns, handbags, and various accessories created throughout the years. Also being displayed are photographs of designs, sketches, advertisements and documents from different periods of Dior history. The entrance to the space gives a glimpse into the life a Christian Dior and the House itself. Literally, there is a replica of the House’s façade greeting guests before changing rooms. The focal point of the first room is the infamous Bar jacket. The jacket’s tight waist paired with a contrasting knee length skirt complete the suited look that changed the way women dressed.  Many of these featured pieces originated in the Dior archives and are making their premiere debut in the world.

Each space coincides with the works of the various creative directors and their respected eras. Curator, Florence Müller, says the collaboration gives viewers the, “roots of creation” for the designs

Some themes showcase inspiration from the Renaissance, Surrealism, and the gardens of Dior’s native Normandy. There is even a room where each piece is categorized by color, creating a chromatic display.

The end of the exhibit is dedicated to the company’s famous looks worn by Princess Grace of Monaco, Princess Diana, Jennifer Lawrence and more. These gowns fill the expansive ballroom that was inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at Chateau de Versaille.

The museum is open through January 2018.

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Where Did You Get That?

New Boutique Broadcasts Up and Coming Designers

Living in New York you are bound to find someone whose style you envy and work up the courage to ask, “Where did you get that?” Most likely they’ll say, “Forever 21” or “Urban Outfitters.” Near the campuses of the cities’ most prestigious fashion universities, however, you are destined to have the response of, “I made it myself!” Where can you purchase something like, if not exact, to the piece they made? That was the question that inspired Tanya Sheikh and Ivan Gilkes to open their own boutique to showcase up and coming designers. “In Support of”, a fitting name, donates their earnings to a different charity each year.

Sheikh claims that the inspiration for the boutique comes from her vision that, “fashion is an art and we should appreciate well made, ethical clothes.” The pair opened their store in 2014 after starting out as showroom owners. They wanted a store to extend their showroom’s inventory and promote new designers in a positive way. Most of their findings of on-the-radar designers are local, however they have found some pieces from all over. Their most recent find came from Hungary and other small regions in Europe. According to Garmentory, the boutique, “supports emerging talent with unique perspectives on design.” ( How did they come up with such a rare idea? The duo stated that they, “wanted to use the platform we have to bring attention to great causes.” The store is located in the Meatpacking district and strives to sell virtuous pieces that exhibit artistic, yet wearable clothing.