Christian Dior and Germany, 1947 to 1957
In February 1947, Christian Dior revolutionised the international world of fashion with his first collection. The “New Look” was born; Dior’s Paris house of fashion became world-famous overnight and rose to become a booming empire of luxury. Up until his sudden death in 1957, Christian Dior created 22 collections which shaped the rebirth of Paris haute couture after 1945 and the history of fashion in the 20th Century in an unprecedented manner. The exhibition marks the 60th anniversary of the first Dior collection.
It highlights, for the first time, the links Christian Dior had to Germany in the founding years of his house of fashion (1947 to 1957): the German licences, the early fashion shows, Dior’s visit in 1955, the echo of the German fashion press. The exhibits include 20 original Dior models from German museums and 24 early Dior costume jewellery sets of Pforzheim manufacture, which are unique in their high-quality diversity.