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Dior inaugurates “Le Petit Théâtre Dior” exhibition of miniature dresses in China

Dior recently presented an exhibition of iconic couture pieces in miniature form at the Chengdu IFS mall in China. The exhibition is titled “Le Petit Théâtre Dior” and features 60 dresses in twelve installations, all of them meticulously resembling the original designs in every tiny detail. Every miniature piece is produced based on a cotton toile in the purest haute couture tradition and needs the same precision and rigor as its big sister. The inspiration behind the exhibition comes from “Le Petit Théâtre de la Mode,” a 1945 display of miniature dresses from the greatest couturiers of the time. The showcase originally paid homage to the glory of French Haute Couture after the war, with the list of featured designers including Lucien Lelong, for whom Christian Dior was working for at the time. In fact, Christian Dior is believed to have helped Lelong to make some of the outfits for the 1945 exhibit, just two years before creating his legendary “New Look” in 1947.

Among the highlights of “Le Petit Théâtre Dior” we can find the Miss Dior dress designed by Christian Dior in 1949, which blooms in the middle of a flower, appearing and then disappearing among the petals, or the J’adore section that recreates all the magic and richness of the Galerie des Glaces in Versailles, with walls that look like they’re covered in gold leaf and an impressive chandelier composed of mini perfume bottles on the ceiling. “Le Petit Théâtre Dior” exhibition pays homage to the meticulous handicraft of the artisans that form an indispensable part of the Dior ateliers and whose work is inseparable from the haute couture. “I thought that, to explain the reasoning behind it, this house should be – in a time when everything is tending to the machine – more like an artisanal laboratory than the ideal of a factory,” Christian Dior famously said in his memoirs. “Le Petit Théâtre Dior” exhibition shows us that “the details might be miniature but the savoir-faire remains grandiose”, underlining what haute couture philosophy is really about.

“Le Petit Théâtre Dior” will be on display in Chengdu, China, until June 20, 2014, and will continue its journey around the globe.