«The exhibition presents the themes in successive settings that suggest an art gallery, an atelier, a street, a boudoir, journeys, and a fabulous garden. Throughout the exhibition, paintings, sculptures and decorative objets d’art illustrate the couturier’s tastes and sources of inspiration as well as a creative sensibility shared by all the artistic directors who have followed in his footsteps» Crinière said. «What makes this exhibition exceptional is that it will be spread across the two main spaces for temporary exhibitions» said Olivier Gabet, Museums Director at Les Arts Décoratifs, who curated the exhibition with Florence Müller, Director of the Textiles and Fashion Department of the Denver Art Museum, who previously worked on the Esprit Dior show in Beijing in 2012. «Rarely has there been a fashion exhibition of this kind. It will go down in history» Gabet predicted. The exhibition in addition showcases designs by Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. Many of the items are from the Dior Héri- tage archives and have never before been seen in Paris. Additional pieces are on loan from the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. The exhibition features more than 300 haute couture gowns designed between 1947 and the present day, alongside atelier toiles and fashion photographs, sketches, illustrations, advertising documents, letters and fashion accessories, including hats, jewelry, bags, shoes and perfume bottles. «All these creative themes, revisited by his successors, are revealed one by one: art and photography, a profusion of colors and textures» Florence Müller said. «Throughout the exhibition, paintings, sculptures and decorative objets d’art illustrate the couturier’s tastes and sources of inspiration as well as a creative sensibility shared by all the artistic directors who have followed in his footsteps» she added. «He succeeded in breathing new life into the couture tradition, giving a central role to embroiderers and craftspeople making costume jewelry and accessories. He invented an internationally-focused couture that put Paris back in the spotlight as the capital of fashion» Müller concluded. «Christian Dior was one of the people who lent objects to the exhibition, and the presence of his designs turned the inauguration into a fashionable and elegant cultural event» Olivier Gabet noted. «On that Wednesday, 30 November 1955, the Dior models strolled around the show in evening gowns, posing among the pieces of furniture and objets d’art. The event clearly demonstrated the natural part women’s adornments play in the applied arts and the importance of the role played by Dior in the history of the decorative arts» he concluded.