A world traveling exhibition of miniature Christian Dior Haute Couture gowns has begun its journey this summer in Chendgu, China. This amazing show incorporates many of the fashion label’s most well known gowns, created in miniature versions from the originals. Each piece is a third of the size of the original creations, yet still follows the same Haute Couture traditional techniques in the same precision. The atelier houses still serving the world of Haute Couture still work in the same techniques as in the 18th century. They create flowers by hand and the embroidery is hand stitched securing each bead and sequin one at a time. The details might be miniature, but the techniques and level of craftsmanship still remains the same as the original gowns from the Dior collection.
There are two videos that show the work that went into these small, but amazing pieces. The first video shows the Miss Dior dress, originally designed in 1949 created with hand cut and formed flowers sewn onto a cotton toile and expertly sewn around a miniature dress form.
This second video shows the Mexique gown from the fall-winter 1951-1952 collection in brown tulle embroidered with gold sequins and beads highlighted by a dark brown velvet ribbon on the bust. Hope you enjoy this little piece of eye candy courtesy of Christian Dior!