by Ayesha Shaikh
  • 1 minute read
  • August 04, 2021
Dior’s Traveling Exhibition Is Coming To The Middle East In November

After spectacular ruins in London, Paris and Shanghai, the ‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ exhibition is traveling to Doha, Qatar in November. Scheduled to take place at the Qatari design hub M7, the show will run for four months until March 2022.

Paying a fitting tribute to 70 years of Dior and Christian Dior, the exhibition charts the brand’s evolution through the years, offering a look at what informed the creative sensibilities of the fashion icon, from his love of the Palace of Versailles in Paris to verdant gardens.

The exhibition will also highlight how designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Bohan carried forward the mantle and drew inspiration from Dior’s aesthetic vocabulary for their own rosters of work. Also on view will be more recent works by Raf Simons and the Maison’s current creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

The exhibition began its journey in Paris in 2019 and has since traveled to London and Shanghai before it had to be paused in the wake of COVID-19. Now, two exhibitions are expected to be showcased later this year, with one in New York opening in September and the one in Doha in November.

Soirée de décembre evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Dame Margot Fonteyn. Photo © Laziz Hamani, via

Curated by Olivier Gabet, the director of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, the exhibition will be designed exclusively for Qatar and will include creations that have never been seen before.

Cover image: Christian Dior with model Sylvie, circa 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior, via

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