London's Victoria and Albert Museum to roll out Christian Dior exhibition

A file photo of dresses displayed during the Dior exhibition in London's Victoria and Albert Museum, on July 3, 2017.
A file photo of dresses displayed during the Dior exhibition in London's Victoria and Albert Museum, on July 3, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - The Victoria and Albert Museum in London plans a reprise next year of a Christian Dior retrospective that last year drew record numbers to the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris.

The show, to run from Feb 2 to July 14, promises to be "the largest and most comprehensive exhibition ever staged in the UK on the House of Dior", the V&A said in a statement.

"Spanning 1947 to the present day, Christian Dior: Designer Of Dreams will trace the history and impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers," it added.

A highlight will be the Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations.

"Reimagining this hugely popular exhibition from Paris... will shed new light on Dior's fascination with Britain," the museum noted.

It quoted Dior as saying: "There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much."

The Paris expo had the support of the Christian Dior house on the occasion of its 70th anniversary. It drew more than 700,000 visitors in six months, a record for Paris' Decorative Arts museum.