Last week, the Royal Ontario Museum launched "Christian Dior", an exhibit honoring the House of Dior's 70th anniversary. Curated by Dr. Alexandra Palmer, the presentation celebrates the unparalleled craftsmanship of the atelier and the vision of Mr. Dior, who single-handedly revived haute couture after the Second World War with his exquisite designs, most notably the "New Look".
This is truly a world-class exhibit; the pieces on display include some of the house's most iconic couture creations, such as the Palmyre gown (circa 1952-53), once worn by the Duchess of Windsor, which was a thrill to see up close. The beadwork and embroidery are unlike anything we see today, especially in a fashion industry seemingly dominated by mass-produced clothes and "instagram models". Every detail, from the fabrics to the individual sequins and threads, are carefully chosen to create an enduring work of art.
Many dresses from the exhibit once belonged to Canadian clients of Dior and were donated to the ROM, such as Elaine Roebuck's Bat Mitzvah dress. Also on display are original fragrances, fine jewelry and sketches from the archives.
This must-see exhibit runs through March 18, 2018.