It seems an appropriate time for Christian Dior to be going east with its Christian Dior and Chinese Artists Exhibit as Western economies scramble and China's impressive mastery of capitalism growing stronger each quarter. After all China owns most of America's debt so why not focus a grand new exhibit on the inspirations of China to help encourage a new generation of aspirational Chinese consumers. The Christian Dior and Chinese Artists Exhibit exhibit will focus on the greater inspirations of the Far East on the house of Dior.
According to WWD, The show will feature more than 20 specially commissioned works — many of them large scale — alongside some of the Dior originals that inspired them, from archival dresses by the founding couturier and John Galliano to fine jewelry by Victoire de Castellane, men’s wear by Kris Van Assche, perfumes and accessories. It will include video works, photography, paintings, sculptures and a garden like installation, interspersed with dresses, sketches and photos from the Dior archive, with an accent on dresses by Christian Dior himself and Galliano, couturier since 1997.
Works include a 23-foot-high Lady Dior bag made of a lattice of fluorescent tubes by Li Song Song, a giant portrait of Galliano by Zhang Dali composed of Dali’s pseudonym AK-47 and a re-creation of the couture atelier in white porcelain by Liu Jianhua
The exhibit will begin on November 15th at Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Galliano told WWD "I love travel, I love to mix cultures and influences. I find that such a potent source of inspiration and I find the exotic grace and appeal of Asia endless. I was thrilled that we were able to not only take influence, but inspire influences, and I love the collaborations and synergy between the two."
We say clever clever Bernard Arnault for stoking the interests of consumers in easy to churn out Lady Dior handbags. This will sure keep those share prices from being dragged down by the market. Luxury shouldn't have to suffer with the rest of the plebians we say. Just move on to a new market!