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Dior goes east

By Sneha Sadarangani  April 30th, 2014

If you love fashion, all things Dior and haven’t yet firmed up your summer travel plans, check this out. Le Petit Théâtre Dior, a travelling exhibition all about French haute couture, is poised to head east at the end of the month. After a successful run at Harrods in London, it will set up shop at the Chengdu IFS mall from May 31 to June 20.

In case you’re wondering what’s in store, it’s a story that goes back to post-WWII Paris. Things were bleak. And then there was something spectacular. In a bid to revive Paris’ sartorial spirit, couturier Lucien Lelong envisioned the Theatre of Fashion. He brought together the best from the greatest couturiers of the time, creating a spectacle that caught the fancy of thousands of visitors. But there was a catch – everything was presented in its miniature avatar. Christian Dior, who was working under Lelong at the time, is believed to have worked on some of the outfits.

Now, close to 70 years later, Le Petit Théâtre Dior aims to revive some of the magic. From the Bar suit to the ball gown, Dior’s most iconic pieces will be presented in miniature form. Each ruffle and fold has been duly replicated in a fitting testimony to the fine craftsmanship of the French fashion house. Our sights are set east. And yours?