Christian Dior was a fervent Anglophile throughout his life, seduced by British aristocracy and its unique protagonists – Princess Margaret would become an ardent admirer of the couturier’s designs – and establishing his first store in the country in 1952. Two years later, he would strike a lasting relationship with Harrods that saw the historic London department store stock his clothing as well as host seasonal Dior shows at the newly created ‘Fashion Theatre’ throughout the 1950s. ’There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much,’ he once said.
Open until 27 August, a dramatic new takeover sees Dior celebrate its ‘powerful, enduring’ relationship with Harrods through a series of pop-ups located throughout the store as well as an installation that stretches across its famed façade and windows on Knightsbridge’s Brompton Road. Read more a Wallpaper*.