If you’re going to see Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, this is the way to do it.
When it comes to fashion exhibitions, no one does it quite like London’s Victoria & Albert museum.
From Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up to the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty display in 2015, this utterly gorgeous, cultural hub is always right on the money.
So, we couldn’t be more excited when we found out that this spring, the V&A would be recreating the exhibition held in Paris last year at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, but with one big, British difference.
Seeing as this is the largest retrospective of the French designer’s work ever seen in the UK, the exhibition which opened late last month until 14 July, has been given a special British flourish and includes a host of specialist objects relation to Christian Dior and Britain.
As well as important couture moments and an in-depth look into the legendary designer’s life and works, there’s also a whole section on ‘Dior in Britain’.
So it makes sense, then, that if you’re going to have a lovely day out in London and see the exhibition, that you do it properly, and in style.
Enter: The Kensington hotel, which sits just a stone’s throw away from the museum and has created a bespoke Dior-themed experience especially for those who want to make a real day of it.
The hotel’s restaurant, Town House, is offering a whole foodie package which they advice you enjoy after your visit to the museum, so you can have a proper debrief about all of the fabulousness you have just witnessed.
Starting in the hotel’s sumptuous K Bar, an intimate space complete with leather wingback chairs, teal and violet velvet sofas and tartan accents, guests will be treated to a French-inspired cocktail.
The specially created ‘Corolle’ cocktail, is inspired by Dior’s first ever collection, ‘La Linge Corolle’ (‘The Flower Line’) and is a luxurious twist on the classic ‘French 75’ using premium cognac, champagne and served in a cut crystal flute.
Guests will then move into the hotel’s restaurant, Town House and indulge in a three-course a la carte lunch or dinner with handpicked wine. The delicious seasonal menu is created by Executive Chef Steve Gibbs and heroes local British cuisine.
The package is priced at £200 and includes two tickets for the exhibition, and can be booked until 14 July. Call the venue for more information.