Yes, I Went to Paris to See Dior

Wow, I say. Just wow.

I spet a whirlwind 3 days in Paris, to attend the “Christian Dior: Couturier of Dreams” exhibition at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs.


I can’t even describe how filled my heart is from attending it. It was the tonic I needed. The Elves said, “Go!” My husband said, “Go!”, so I packed a bag and found a decent flight on Aer Lingus (now rivaling JAL for my favorite international airline). I left on Halloween night, arriving the morning of November 1st. I was pretty exhausted, but I tried to stay awake. Best way to do that, in my experience, is to get out and walk around, which I did. And this is the view I had walking from my little flat in the 4th Arr. toward Forum des Halles.

The back end of Notre Dame – not a bad view!

I met up with my friend Joanne the next day and we went to the exhibit. To say it was a bucket-list activity would be vastly understating it. The exhibit had over 300 garments, all from the Christian Dior archive. Think about that – that’s amazing. Dior didn’t (need to) ask clients to loan them garments for the exhibition. Dior keeps an archive of all (I think? Certainly almost all) haute couture garments, and they pulled the exhibition from those archives.

How much would I LOVE to spend time in those archives???? Sigh…. Well, I could go on and on, and at some point I might, but let me just load up the pictures and let you swoon over the pretty. I’ll sprinkle a few comments here and there, but otherwise, enjoy!


This was a muslin of a silk chiffon dress, done in a cotton chiffon

This fabric was silk organza with feather embroidery, making it look like mohair, but light as, well, a feather!

My absolute favorite, a strapless gown from the 80s by Gianfranco Ferré


That’s me, under the shadows cast by a bajillion beautiful paper leaf sculptures hanging from the ceilings.

Loved Galliano’s looks, but to my eye, they were the most dated.


Maria Grazia Chiuri – LOVE this design…


Bar – the look that started it all…

If you get the chance to go – GO! Don’t think about it, don’t analyze it, just freaking GO!!! The exhibit goes through January 7, 2018. It’s not expensive to get into it, but order your tickets in advance. As of last week, they were selling a week out, and as the exhibit gets closer to ending, the tickets will become scarce. But this is a blockbuster exhibit, and you really MUST go if you can!

I’ll do another post about my fun at Janssens & Janssens later. In the meantime, happy sewing and couture dreaming!

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14 thoughts on “Yes, I Went to Paris to See Dior”

  1. omg. STUNNING! Lucky you. Paris and Dior. Haven’t been to Paris since Christmas 2010, and I was four months pregnant then…


    And thanks for sharing the pretty. It’s been a crazy (not nec in a good way) day, and this cheered me up!

  2. Thank you for taking the time to post such amazing photos. I have to go back and study each one more carefully, so much to take in. Just lovely.
    Ginny Mancini

  3. We took pictures of a lot of the same dresses. I have a closeup of the bound buttonholes of the sleeves of the Bar. They are exquisite…like everything else!

  4. I saw the Lanvin exhibit in Paris, the Oscar de la Renta show in San Francisco and YSL in Seattle. I’m sad I probably won’t make it to the Dior exhibit. I’ll just keep swooning over your photos.

  5. We took a lot of photos of the same dresses, but I only posted a smattering. It was a fabulous time to be in Paris, wasn’t it? Even if we didn’t manage to connect.

  6. What gorgeous photos! I’m almost embarrassed that I haven’t been yet! But I’m logging on to the site right now and getting tickets. Thanks for pushing me to do it.

  7. I was at the Dior Exhibit in October and my mind still dances with images of these glorious dresses. Thanks for your photos; feels like I was there again.

  8. So I sent your link to my daughter to enjoy. We have previously gone to Paris for fashion exhibits. She just now surprised me with a January trip with her and tickets to the exhibit for my big 70 birthday! Thanks Ann for your blog posting!

    1. Oh, Ann, that’s wonderful! I know you’re going to Love it. And what a lovely gift from your daughter. Have a Great time!

  9. Ann! Thanks so much for sharing! First, I had no idea about the exhibit. What a treat. Second, I read a post on another sewing blog that made mention of having met up with you in Paris. I thought, heeeeey…when was Ann in Paris?!!!!

    Now I know. 🙂

  10. These pictures are almost too much. I’ll have to go back and study each one more carefully. What lovely workmanship. Truly art.

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