3.28.2013

Dior @ Harrods



Last weekend, after fawning over some of the gorgeous exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum, I had the pleasure of checking out the Dior exhibit at Harrods in person. I've seen many a blogger regaling their readers with tales of this little massive setup, and I have to say, not one has been able to capture the true magnitude of it. 

When we decided to pop in, I was under the impression that yes, the windows would be done up, but it would be more of a push on the new Dior spring season apparel & handbags. I could not have been more wrong. 

The team who put this together really pulled out all the stops. We spent nearly 15 minutes just looking in the windows - in the freezing cold snow nonetheless. They paid homage to all of the iconic sights in London with some sneaky product placement - my favorite by far was the London Eye, which had it's pods replaced with bottles of Miss Dior Cherie. It was around the time we saw it that my husband, without a blink, relinquished his phone so that I could take some photos (mine had died only moments before). Little did we know that the best was yet to come.

We wandered up to the 4th floor and knew at that point that we were in for a treat, as people were filing out looking well and truly happy. We entered, and I was instantly in heaven. Never being a huge Dior fan myself - the Rasta Collection a few years ago made me think the brand had taken a turn for the worst - I was pleasantly surprised to learn how much involvement Mr. Christian had with the Royal Family and how much history was behind the brand. The evolution to the present under Raf Simon's direction. Consider me a new fan.

Although my iPhone photos do no justice to the the beauty and wonder of this event, take a look at some of the highlights...

Invitations from the Royal Family to Christian.


Princess Margaret wearing a Dior creation, and a pair of her shoes.

Dress worn by Charlize Theron in the new J'Adore Dior ad.
J'Adore bottles lined the floor- this interative room was flashing and playing music from the Charlize ad, a vast contrast to the previous 'Royal' room.

One of my favorite pieces, the dress, designed by Raf Simons, worn by Natalie Portman in the new Miss Dior Emotion ads. It looked like it was floating!

                                     
Another gorgeous dress...and another worn by Marion Cotillard
Bad photo, but this is the mold used for the glass Miss Dior bottles.

Another gorgeous display, all in white.

And now, for a few goofy photes we took of ourselves....



scented phone booth? Yes please.

A massive handbag..wow!

Andddd a few more... 
A deconstruction of their famous bag..
Below is a vintage Miss Dior travel set.


 This quote lead us back out into the real world...(bad iPhone photo)



I'd say all in all this was one of the most unexpectedly wonderful things I've ever seen. If you're in London, this exhibition is open until April 14th and I can honestly say you will not leave disappointed!

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