In celebration of the haute couture House of Dior’s 70th anniversary, the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) presents a tremendous collection of garments from 1947 to 1957. This exhibition highlights Dior’s decade and reflects a post-war modernity. Curated by Dr. Alexandra Palmer, the ROM’s Nora E. Vaughan senior curator and the author of ‘Christian Dior: History & Modernity, 1947-1957′, and Monique Johnson, assistant curator, the presentation of 38 early designs from the ROM’s own collection plus dozens of accessories and heritage items, donated by Canadian socialites, shows the master’s approach on creating a garment, as well as the history behind each dress. Holt Renfrew, the show’s title sponsor, was the first store in Canada to carry the brand, thanks to whom Dior dresses were available for purchase to the Toronto clientele from the beginning.
Besides dresses, the ROM also presents Dior accessories, which played an important role in Dior history. From shoes to purses, Dior always embodies elegancy and style.
As Christian Dior once said, ‘A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting’. His most famous perfume, Miss Dior, quickly became one of the most iconic fragrances of the 20th century. Named after Christian’s sister, this perfume led the way to other fragrances, such as Diorissimo, which became the most expensive perfume of that time.
Christian Dior is on display from Saturday, November 25, 2017 to Sunday, March 18, 2018 at the ROM. Tickets can be purchased here. #ROMDIOR