Haute couture! On Dolls! Oh, what I wouldn’t have given to have these growing up!
Last month, Dior unveiled its Le Petit Théâtre Dior in Chendgu, China (open until the 20th of June). It’s the first stop of a travelling exhibition, inspired by Théâtre de la Mode (the iconic 1945–1946 touring exhibit of tiny fashion mannequins crafted by top fashion designers to show Parisian fashions to post-World War II America). Now, Dior has created 12 fashion dolls to retrace the history of the House and present miniature versions their most famous dresses. Minutely sewn to exact specification, they resemble the originals down to the tiniest detail. Watch the videos below to witness the incredible craftsmanship that goes into every flower, every bead, and every gold-embroidered thingamajig. Absolutely breathtaking.
In the ateliers, time seems to have stood still: the embroidery is done by hand, as in the 18th century, and the silk flowers are born between the fingers of an artisan with quasi-botanic exactitude. On the original Miss Dior dress designed in 1949 or on its miniature version, produced specially for the exhibition, bouquets of rose, jasmine and lilac burst into bloom. In order to arrive at such a result, the petite main perpetuates a legacy that has remained intact; the fabric petals are cut out by hand with a punch tool and the embossing is done with a period tool that ensures both perfection and astonishing realism. Fixed around a brass stalk, the petals become a flower as they’re worked by expert hands with a fairy-light touch. The details might be miniature but the savoir-faire remains grandiose, as evidenced by the spectacular dress Mexique 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.
(via FashionDollChronicles; t/y SissyDude)