I have to admit that I am not much of a museum person - I'd much rather be outside walking and exploring a city - but I had heard so many glowing recommendations for the Dior Exhibit at Les Arts Decoratifs museum at the Louvre that it made me want to see it if I could. I was able to get tickets for my group while we were there, and we all loved it! The artistry and creativity was over the top. I think any creative person would be inspired by it! If I was still working for Anna Griffin, I would have come home and been a flurry of pleating and replicating some of the ideas with paper!
I didn't really know anything about Christian Dior but the exhibit shows his work and that of the couturiers that followed him so beautifully.
The silhouettes are so familiar and iconic.
They had the dress in this famous photo on display but my photo of it didn't turn out well.
It was interesting to see this famous photo and then to see the actual dress with it.
The first part of the exhibit was a lot of history and documents and then there were rooms of incredible displays of both the actual dresses and miniature replicas of dresses, all arranged by color. These rooms were super crowded, so it was a little hard to enjoy it as much as you could, but still beautiful.
How about a new fur coat?
The next part of the exhibit was arranged to show how the designs were influenced by art.
The dresses are so simple but yet so detailed.
The beading work was just astonishing!
Several areas showed the influence of other cultures.
This room, filled with towering displays of designs all done in white, was beautiful to see.
The last room - the grand finale - was a huge room filled with gowns. Some were displayed with photos of stars who have worn them through the years. The lights sparkled around this room - it was beautiful.
The exhibit is on display until January 7, 2018. If you can see it, it is definitely worth it. You must buy a ticket online ahead of time or else wait a couple hours in line.
After we left the museum, we headed back to Luxembourg Garden for dinner at the cafe and to enjoy the last bit of our time together. As we walked along we saw this woman sleeping in the doorway. It was such a contrast to the opulence we had just seen at the museum. A reality for many people.
I'll be back with just a few more photos from my last couple days in Paris on my own. I hope you've enjoyed following along!
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