5 things you need to know about the Dior cruise 2017 show
A pop-up Dior bar, a private train ride and a typical English downpour: Here’s what went down at the French maison’s cruise show
1. Third time's the charm Holding its cruise 2017 collection at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England, this is the third time the House of Dior is staging a show at the Unesco World Heritage site. The first designed by Monsieur Dior himself was showcased in 1954 and the other by his successor, Yves Saint Laurent in 1958.
2. A history lesson Christian Dior's first show at the palace was an invitation from the 10th Duchess of Marlborough to present his haute couture collection as a charity intiative to raise funds for the Red Cross. The designer brought over a 100 pieces; and an army of models for its salon-styled show. Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth's younger sister was one of the atteendees.
3. Bottoms up For just one night only (a day before the show), guests were invited for a drink or two at The Lady Dior Pub where hunky waiters in white T-shirts with temporary Dior tattoos were serving pints of beer. And like any old-fashion pub, karaoke sessions were also part of the celebration. 4. All aboard Guests hopped onto the Orient Express or, more fondly called 'The Dior Express', departing from London's Victoria Station with an official train ticket in hand. The express ride to the stately residence of the Duke of Marlborough saw showgoers enjoying a three-course lunch in ornately furbished cabins. The hour-long ride through the countryside (departing 45 minutes behind schedule) gave guests endless Instagram opportunities with a side of bubbles. 5. A retrospect Before the runway show, guests were treated to an archival exhibition of the pieces from the 1954 fall/winter haute couture collection and also, the one in 1958 by Yves Saint Laurent. And while the cruise show had no couture makings in sight, the collection was still a finesse display of the house's classic codes with a side of British eccentricity. Think tailored jackets, coats and tea dresses inspired by the English countryside and the hunting tradition.