My favourite designer of all time and one of my biggest inspirations, due to the way he changed fashion after World War II. When I saw this exhibition advertised on Instagram I knew I had to go and see it at Les Arts Décoratifs , even though it was in Paris. It was 100% worth the trip and was by far the best exhibition I have ever been to. As you go around there is so much to look at from artwork to garments and speeches. I loved getting to see designs by Christian Dior, all of his drawings were really interesting to see what was going on in his mind to create such brilliant work.
I had two favourite rooms, the first was a long room that was filled with garments, pictures, miniatures, jewels and shoes it was amazing to see all of these things all in one place and it went around in colour from reds to pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, blacks and whites. It was truly beautiful.
The other was one of the last rooms and it was filled with dresses that were made for special occasions like big balls and award ceremonies. It was so sparkly and fantastic!
The outfits went all the way up to the ceiling giving a real insight into just how many different garments the Dior label has created, and showcasing just how magnificent they really are.
I really liked the room that was filled with toiles, for someone like me this was brilliant to see all of the stages that the big fashion houses go through and see all of the similarities of what I have to do.
They had thought of everything to make sure that this exhibition was excellent and it really showed, from the layout to the ceiling everything was beautiful. Here are a few more pictures that I took whilst I was there.
If you have the opportunity to visit this exhibition I highly recommend it as it was one of the best decisions of mine to go as I learnt so much whilst I was there.
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This is a little bit later than I would have like due to some technical issues but it is here, my trip to Paris.
This was a trip that my mum and I took at the end of July, we went after I saw an exhibition on Christian Dior being advertised on Instagram, after going to the exhibition (which was brilliant and you can read all about it in my last blog post) we had more time to explore the beautiful city. This was my third time visiting Paris so I could go and see and explore different parts that I hadn't been to before.
The Basilica De Saint Denis
After watching the BBC series The Musketeers and learning about Marie Antoinette I have had a very keen interest in the French Monarchy, when doing my research on Paris I learnt that all the Kings and Queens of France are buried at the Basilica or at least have a statue, during the French revolution a lot of the monarchies tombs were destroyed, but since then they have been given a proper burial at the Basilica. It was so beautiful with huge colourful stained-glass windows and amazing Gothic architecture. The crypt was really interesting as it had the tomb of Marie Antoinette and other members of the French Monarchy. The statues of the Monarchs were amazing and really detailed. As the Basilica is in Saint Denis which is just out of the main city centre many people don't visit it but it is worth the visit as it is full of information and things to look at.
The architecture is very impressive, there are lots of historical buildings that are huge, and the palaces are just stunning. The exhibition was at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, from the hotel that we were staying in to the exhibition we got to walk past some beautiful scenery that Paris has to offer including the Pyramids at the Louvre.
We decided to have a sit down in the gardens by one of the fountains, there were lots of chairs that you could sit on to enjoy the gardens which was really relaxing. we decided to go and buy some pain au chocolate and then eat them in the gardens which was a really lovely thing to do whilst we waited for the exhibition to open. I really recommend the Tuileries Gardens as they are peaceful and relaxing and you can people watch in the sun (as long as it is shining).
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Hello, Eleanor here, I am currently at Norwich University of the Arts studying Fashion, please join me along my adventure.