Proud Galleries present The Dior Collection, an exhibition of fashion photography showcasing the legendary designs of Christian Dior and its enduring impact on the fashion world. The House of Dior is renowned for revitalising both haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion in the 20th century and its legacy continues to inspire modern style. From the polished editorial shots capturing well-known figures for Life magazine, to behind-the-scenes studio snapshots, The Dior Collection explores the creation of the luxury brand and its reinvention of the female silhouette.
Through the lens of four photographers, The Dior Collection explores the rich heritage and metamorphosis of Christian Dior throughout its early years, as well as its legacy and impact on the fashion industry. Included in the exhibition are the inimitable works of Norman Parkinson, who often relied on his mischievous eye in photoshoots rather than the formal studio setting. The playful and energetic shots by Jerry Schatzberg feature an insider’s perspective into the world of models and designers, recording not only Dior’s elegant and luxurious designs, but also capturing a glimpse of the process of ’60s studio fashion photography. Also presented in the exhibition are many notable figures gracing editorial pages in the most coveted Dior designs, from Mark Shaw’s works for Life magazine featuring Elizabeth Taylor, to Bert Stern’s iconic snaps of Marilyn Monroe. By revisiting the roots of this exceptional brand, The Dior Collection aims to showcase the style, innovation and creativity developed by the House of Christian Dior.
The Dior Collection is open to the public from 7 February – 7 April at Proud Central. For more information, visit Proud Galleries’ website here.
Naila Scargill is the publisher and editor of horror journal Exquisite Terror. Holding a broad editorial background, she has worked with an eclectic variety of content, ranging from film and the counterculture, to political news and finance.