The V&A’s new Christian Dior exhibition is the perfect excuse for a luxury London day out

Whether you’re a fashionista or a keen seamstress, the new Christian Dior exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is bound to be fascinating. Here’s how to enjoy it on a luxury day out.

“There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much,” Christian Dior once said of the UK. And there’s no better place to enjoy that ‘way of life’ – the traditions, politeness and architecture he loved so much – than the English capital.

Plus, with the new V&A exhibition on the famous designer’s life, work and legacy, and a special bespoke dining package at The Kensington hotel, there’s not been a better time to book a day out in London.

Christian Dior with model Lucky, circa 1955. Courtesy of Christian Dior

The exhibiton spans the last 60 years of the Christian Dior fashion house, exploring its influence on the industry and some of the most iconic pieces.

It showcases sketches by the man himself, as well as a 1947 Miss Dior limited edition perfume bottle made from Baccarat blue crystal and an exquisite embroidered silk dress with Swarovski crystals from the Autumn/Winter 2004 collection.

Diorling perfume, 1963. Photo © Laziz Hamani

Pérou short evening dress, Autumn-Winter 1954 Haute Couture collection, H line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Gift of Cecil Beaton
Photo © Laziz Hamani

Spend a day admiring the stunning pieces and historic photographs of Dior himself, before retiring for cocktails in the K-Bar at The Kensington, just a 10-minute walk from the museum.

Their bespoke food-focused package keeps the Christian Dior appreciation going, with a specially-created ‘Corolle’ cocktail – inspired by his first ever collection, ‘La Linge Corolle’ (‘The Flower Line’) – and a three-course, a la carte lunch or dinner with handpicked wine in the hotel’s restaurant, Town House.

Townhouse Kensington

The seasonal menu, by executive chef Steve Gibbs, champions British cuisine and features dishes such as steak cooked in a Josper grill, Highland venison wellington and Scottish smoked salmon.

With its open fireplaces, stylish contemporary furniture and interconnected drawing rooms, Town House embodies that very Britishness that Christian Dior loved so much.

The Dior offering at Town House costs £200, including two tickets to Victoria & Albert’s ‘Christian Dior – Designer of Dreams’ exhibition, two ‘Corolle’ cocktails at K-Bar and a three-course meal for two at Town House, including one bottle of wine, water, tea and coffee. Available to book until 14th July 2019. Subject to availability.

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