The Théâtre Dior in Dubai


It all began in a chaotic Paris in March 1945, between the Liberation of the city and the Armistice of the Second World War. Lucien Lelong, for whom Christian Dior was working as a designer, came up with the idea of an exhibition paying tribute to the savoir-faire of French haute couture.

Le Théâtre de la Mode was created and featured a multitude of miniature creations from France’s biggest couture houses.

A half-century later, the project was revived by the house of Dior following the same principles and same delicate needlework.

The scaled-down models of the Théâtre Dior are similar to the originals down to the smallest top-stitch. Initially conceived in toile form according to the rules of haute couture, the pieces were assembled, sewn and embroidered by hand in the same fabrics and trims as the full-sized creations.

Among the little outfits on show, the emblematic Bar suit, designed by Christian Dior for his debut show of 12 February 1947, or the elegant evening dress Mexique, presented in the autumn-winter 1951 show, but also more contemporary creations such as the Miss Dior bustier dress of 2012.

After a tour in Asia, Dubai is the latest stop for the traveling exhibition Le Théâtre Dior. Over 60 dresses produced as small-scale replicas of their emblematic creations are being exposed in Dubai Mall Fashion Catwalk until November 24, 2015.

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