When Mr That’s Not My Age asked if I’d like to go to see the Rolling Stones in Paris, of course I said ‘Oui.’ Secretly pleased at this opportunity to view a couple of must-see exhibitions in the French capital. As well as the septuagenarian rocker’s impressive show (in 20 years time I hope I can move like Jagger) there was possibly the biggest blockbuster fashion exhibition, ever. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at Les Arts Decoratifs; a wonderful celebration of 70 years of the French design house. The stunning ‘colourama’ section shows brilliant doll-sized miniature designs, eye-popping outfits, elegant shoes and rainbow bright accessories set ablaze against a black backdrop. Though in true blockbuster-style, the Dior exhibition is a sell-out and this area gets quite congested. I much preferred it when the show opens out into ‘the garden area’ (below) and then across into the second half the museum. All the classics are there: the New Look, the Bar jacket, plus sections dedicated to all the other designers who have worked at the Parisian couture house, over the years. John Galliano’s work is the standout. Absolutely stunning. Towards the end of the exhibition the glamour is cranked up with floor-to-ceiling displays of Dior tailoring and original toiles and the grand finale: a room full of jaw-droppingly beautiful ballgowns.

Inspired by the garden: dresses on the left and right designed by Dior, centre: Raf Simons
Galliano for Dior

I’ve been meaning to write about Maria Grazia Chiuri the first female head of design at Dior for some time. I like her style. The 53-year-old Italian relocated to Paris to take the position, on her own (her family is based in Rome and her daughter Rachele studies art in London) and has given the couture house a contemporary spin. There’s an interview with Maria Grazia Chiuri HERE. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at Les Arts Decoratif is on until 7 January 2018.

Photo: W magazine

If you fancy shuffling around another blockbuster, then nip over to the Grand Palais for the Irving Penn and Gaugin exhibitions. And don’t miss Malick Sidibé: Mali Twist at the Fondation Cartier. A retrospective of the African photographer’s joyful images of young Malians partying in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Both social commentary and style inspiration. Check out the park benches in Yves Klein Square on the way back to the Metro.

There’s also a Mariano Fortuny exhibition on at the lovely Galliera Pallais, not to mention Yves Saint Laurent – though Monsieur and I ran out of time. Ne’er mind, perhaps the Stones would like to play in Marrakech…

10 thoughts on “Christian Dior and other exhibitions for style-lovers in Paris, autumn 2017

  1. Hoping to see it while I’m there briefly in December. Glad to hear that the recent attacks in Europe did not keep you away from a
    once-in-a-lifetime concert event. How is that new UArena?

    1. Though I don’t really like big stadium gigs the UArena was impressive, Melanie. And so was the security. This is the world we live in now and we are carrying on – it’s important that we all do the things we enjoy and are not be put off by recent events.

  2. How tempting these all sound. I’ve been clipping articles about Dior at Arts Deco. Hoping I could make a brief trip to Paris before Christmas. Maybe it will happen. Have done so much travel this autumn it may be a luxury too far. Love the work of Gauguin. The Tate exhibition a few years back was heaving with people. But saw some of these paintings in the Pushkin western art gallery in Moscow in September alone in a room. Now that is luxury. And today visited the National Museum of Korea in a park in Seoul. Gorgeous treasures there like the early celadon ceramics. I feel fortunate to be able to see such things.

  3. I wish I could JUMP on a JET and ARRIVE……………this DIOR EXHBIT has the ATTENTION of SO MANY PEOPLE!!!!!
    You must be getting ready for YOUR NEW YORK JAUNT SOON……………XX

  4. I am going with my ten year old daughter in the morning, can’t wait! We didn’t come to Paris just to see it but it all worked out very well….

  5. The Dior exhibit was the most amazing thing! I loved the room full of toiles, where you could see the beginnings of these incredible clothes.

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