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Dior's 'love affair' with Britain en vogue in London

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Published on January 31, 2019 - Duration: 01:58s

Dior's 'love affair' with Britain en vogue in London

The legendary French fashion designer Christian Dior, who had a love affair with Britain, will have his elegant outfits displayed at an exhibition in London next month.

Colette Luke has more.

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Dior's 'love affair' with Britain en vogue in London

Legendary French fashion designer Christian Dior -- who had a love affair with Britain -- will have his headline creations exhibited in London next month… (upsound of Dior) With more than 500 items on display worn by royals and celebrities alike, The "Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams" exhibition at the Victoria & Albert museum will take a close look at the powerhouse behind the brand and the history of his legacy that he founded in 1946….

One of the outfits on display -- Dior's signature Bar suit - a sculpted off-white jacket synched at the waist and a black pleated skirt.

The 1947 design - nicknamed the 'New Look' - revolutionized womenswear and swept "old boxy fashions of wartime," says Fashion and Textiles Curator at the V&A Oriole Cullen.

With London as the backdrop, his romance with Britain is also display….

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FASHION AND TEXTILES CURATOR AT THE V&A, ORIOLE CULLEN, SAYING: "In the Dior in Britain section we look at Dior's love affair with Britain, he was a self-confessed Anglophile and he writes about this in his autobiography, and he says how much he enjoys seeing British women in their tweed and their ballgowns, so it's a very romantic view of Britain." One of his most iconic pieces is Princess Margaret's 21st birthday dress… (SOUNDBITE) (English) FASHION AND TEXTILES CURATOR AT THE V&A, ORIOLE CULLEN, SAYING: "Probably the most famous of course is Princess Margaret, who really sort of personified glamour in the post-war period, and again Dior writes about her, the public were obsessed with her, because she really was a symbol of youth and hope, you know, and the future.

And she was a great client of Dior's…" Dior died in 1957 at the age of 52.

Other creative designers took over Christian Dior.

The designers never forgetting the man who started it all… (SOUNDBITE) (English) FASHION AND TEXTILES CURATOR AT THE V&A, ORIOLE CULLEN, SAYING: "The lovely thing is to see how different these designs are but how they always reference back to the heart of Dior." The display, which is Victoria & Albert museum's second largest fashion exhibition, opens its doors to Dior fans on February 2nd..

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