For Christian Dior’s fall 2018 couture show, the house chose to recreate its “Christian Dior: Couturier of Dreams” exhibit, which was displayed at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs, by taking the process of designing and creating clothing out from behind the scenes to essentially set the scene for the show.
While on a much smaller and simpler scale, the recreation for the backdrop of the show, designed by Bureau Betak, proved to be no easy feat, requiring the work of 200 people over a course of 16 days and eight nights.
The result? A white, cube-shaped building built on the grounds of Musée Rodin in Paris as well as an enchanting interior. Attendees of the show were mesmerized by not only the models walking up and down the runway but also the 294 dressmaking mannequins that lined the walls from floor to ceiling.
What makes this set design interesting is the fact that it unveils the process that goes into making clothing, more specifically the making of a muslin of the garment before the making of the actual garment. What you saw on the runway was also featured right behind it along the walls.
Dior succeeded at unveiling the work in progress, taking the process and bringing it out from behind the scenes to be the scene.