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Dior’s Designer of Dreams is Most Visited Show in V&A’s History

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams has smashed visitor records at the Victoria and Albert Museum after a blockbuster first run in Paris. The cultural attraction confirmed 594,994 had come through its doors surpassing the previous attendance figures recorded for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015 by over 100,000 visitors. The blockbuster show was still drawing the crowds 48 hours before the retrospective came to an end on 1 September. The most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams traced the history and impact of the brand from 1947 to the present day examining one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, and the six artistic directors who have succeeded him. Drawn from the extensive Dior Archives and the V&A’s extensive Couture collections, the exhibition presented over 500 objects, with over 200 rare Haute Couture garments shown alongside accessories, fashion photography, film, vintage perfume, original make-up, illustrations, magazines, and Christian Dior’s personal possessions.  Based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the …

J’Adior! Record-breaking Dior Show Totes and Tees Flew off the Shelves

Dior and fashion fans were still zig-zagging round the block 48 hours before the show closed at Albertopolis on 1 September. The V&A’ s most popular show in history had had its equivalent of an encore after it was extended for a further seven weeks. A first run at Paris’ Musee des Arts Decoratifs which closed in early 2018, had also become one of the city’s most visited of all time. Even sales of the specially designed tote bag to commemorate the show at £25 a pop had been limited to three per customer. A sophisticated queuing system was operational and stopped right at the first room of curated exhibits. But Monsieur Dior had not always been a darling of the masses, sparking protests in fashion capitals with his radical reinvention of the hemline in 1949. Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor bemoaned the fate of some thirty of her most striking dresses after Dior lowered the hemline to 15 1/2 inches, but agreed with Dior’s new revolutionary length dresses. The designer felt that skirt lengths should …

Police Rule Out Terror after Car Mounts Pavement Near Natural History Museum

Scotland Yard has finally ruled out a terror motive after a car collided with pedestrians injuring 11 outside the Natural History Museum declaring it a road traffic collision. A statement read: “Police were called at 1421 hours on Saturday, 7 October to reports of a road traffic collision in Exhibition Road, South Kensington. Emergency Service attended the scene. “Whilst enquiries continue it is believed a car mounted the pavement and collided with a number of pedestrians. Eleven people were found at the scene with varying injuries and nine of them have been taken to hospital, and this includes the man that was detained by police. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing. “The man detained by officers is currently under arrest and is in custody at a north London police station. The incident is a road traffic investigation and not a terrorist-related incident. Enquiries are ongoing.” Police had earlier said they were keeping an open mind after the incident, but created more confusion after contradicting an earlier comment that they were not treating the crash as terrorism-related. A …

McQueen: Savage Beauty at V&A

Alexander McQueen is proving to be a big beast at V&A’s blockbuster exhibition, Savage Beauty. The posthumous celebration of the ingenuity of the late British designer has not only exceeded expectations, it is on its way to rivalling the spectacle at the original show of the same title held at America’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (MoMa) which became one of the 10 most visited exhibitions at the museum in 2011.