Have you ever wondered why a couture dress is so expensive? A few days ago, Christian Dior unveiled Le Petit Théâtre Dior in China. The exhibition shows the story behind the miniature dresses crafted with full-scale precision.
“I thought that, to explain the reasoning behind it, this house should be – in a time when everything is tending to the machine – more like an artisanal laboratory than the ideal of a factory.” Christian Dior
Two beautiful videos were also released by Dior. They show us the incredible work that goes into making a couture gown. One of them were produced in Dior Couture’s Atelier de Fleurs Lemarie in Paris, we can see the handmade production process of a mini-sized Miss Dior gown (Spring/Summer 1949). This dress is valued at £25.000.
The short movie above shows the details of what goes into making a custom gown and the level of handwork necessary to create it. We see the dress built from start to finish – from pretty little flowers being cut out and shaped to the construction of frocks.
The second movie shows the making of “Mexique” dress: