(C) All images Angela Cliffe.
Part of the Exhibition that greets guests is what I think is Dior's answer to Queen Mary's Dolls House at Windsor.
Ingeniously crafted this mini-version of the Maison transported to London is all lit up and ready to show-case Dior's wares. The sillhouetts back-lit in classic Dior poses fill the house. On the middle floor the blinds are drawn right back to show the Ball Room.
Instead of tiny figures Dior's most famous current scents fill the rooms (clever yes?!) and do the talking. I have a few pictures below as I though this was such a pretty and clever idea. It looks like the bottles have been having some kind of party themselves.
I was reminded a little of the Disney animated Film Beauty and the Beast where the objects in the Chateau have a life of their own and take over the Chateau when the Beast is unaware.
Anyway - no monsters are hiding here. Only playful Beauty.
Another Iconic piece from the exhibition was this Midnight Blue outfit designed for Diana, The Princess of Wales. The black lace detail around the decolette and the slash of the skirt length give a touch of daring elegance to the outfit. It's an independant confident piece.
Diana's relationship with this House, among the others she patronised, gave rise to the Lady Dior Bag and inspired the Lady Dior fragrance.
I picked the Golden bag below from the display as in the Lady Dior size it would be the perfect fit for this outfit for a bling-esque evening look.
'Poupees' a funny French word used to describe a handy flexible way that the Fashion Houses used to use to show examples of their collections in the past. In the days before internet and high quality digital mediums of communication this was a great little way to show clothes. Some Houses (Jacques Fath I believe was one) would actually send these collections on tours by themselves to the United States to showcase design to the World.
Standing a few inches high but full of intricate detail these dresses, coates and suits were completed in the Atelier to the same high standard as the full sized pieces. These 'dolls' were essential for banking sales of designer pieces in a challenging Post-War climate. I think it's great that Dior still have them, what a wonderful momento of that era. I bet they are pretty collectable.
Below are some more fun shots from Harrods' Windows as it was swept away in a tide of adoration for Maison Dior.
I like the theme of 'Miss Dior' about town. A London Girl look. I'm not sure when Dior adopted the Bear but the White and Grey Bear was in evidence across many of the Windows keeping Miss Dior London company on her travels about the Capital.
As a country Girl who fell in Love with London I love the use of the Post Box and Phone Boxes and Red London Buses in the Marketing and presentation. it looks snappy and as most of these iconic pieces of British design were here in the New Look Post-War period it really works with the theme of the show. Diamonds are nice but every girl needs her own bear at home to play with now and again.
What a great vision - Lady Dior bags hanging underneath Tower Bridge. Pale Blush, through to Magenta and Rose Royale and then Black. Perfect colour scale.
Note the Red London Dior Bus in the foreground with some serious shoes above the Top-Deck. Definatley motivational to get you out and busy in the City in the Morning.
Below I've added another picture where Lady Dior - about - town looks like she's in a beautiful shower of J'adore Spring Rain. Also I loved the Iconic London tube sign re-worked with Lady Dior branding. Zipping around town these stylish ladies are riding in style in Ready to Wear for Spring and Summer.
My nail Colour of the moment is a CHANEL favourite Peche Nacre. It's beautiful, light creaminess is great as we head into a warm Summer. It's subtle for professional life and you can blend it with most things for evening wear.