It wasn't just the dresses that I liked; the theme is enhanced by the dense paper foliage which covers the ceiling, with small lights shining through it. In places it extends down the walls, and there are a few clumps of paper 'plants' on the floor as well.
|There are roses, and other flowers . . .|
|. . . and lots of fern-like leaves|
The centrepiece is this amazing dress, 'Jardin Fleuri', by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior's current creative director.
|Front, back and side views|
The dress is from the spring/summer 2017 collection, and the decoration is created from cut and dyed feathers.
|Close-up of the feather 'petals'|
From my own limited experience of working with feathers I know just how awkward they can be, so I was totally in awe of the workmanship, especially as I couldn't see a single stitch attaching the feathers to the silk.
The rest of the display is arranged in a curve round this central case. As this point I must admit that unfortunately I was a Very Bad Blogger, and forgot to take notes of most of the dresses, so the background information is incomplete.
|The dress on the far right is by Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior Boutique, c. 1960|
|Autumn/winter 2010, John Galliano|
|The dress on left is look 47, autumn/winter 2012, Raf Simons|
The dress on the left below is 'Muguet' (the French name for lily of the valley), spring/summer 1957, Dior, while the full-length dress on the right is 'Nuit Australe', autumn/winter 2017, by Maria Grazia Chiuri.
|Paper lilies of the valley round a dress of the same name|
|Look 19, autumn/winter 2010, John Galliano|
Much as I liked the feathered dress, this one was my favourite. Also from the spring/summer 2017 collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri, 'Mémoire d'Hiver' has hand-painted silk petals caught like pressed flowers between layers of tulle, and a copper belt.
|It is displayed next to the similarly-coloured look 34, autumn/winter 2018|
|Foliage trailing back down to earth marks the end of the section|