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On first seeing the masterpieces by Dior and Galliano on show, I was afraid the whole exhibition was going to be unfair to the Chinese artists, who wouldn’t stand a chance when placed beside these two designers of genius. But, amazingly, they not only held their own but, with only a few exceptions, responded to the challenge with works of art that more than measured up to the formidable visual competition.

And their art strikes me as representative of the kind of work being done in contemporary China. Just as in the 18th and 19th centuries Chinese artists developed an export market for their porcelain by adapting their designs to accommodate Western taste, so modern Chinese artists respond to Western design not by challenging or dismissing it, but by making it their own.



Christian Dior and Chinese Artists: all dressed up for the installation of the year
Art and fashion subtly permeate every aspect of our daily lives – the one by changing the way we look at the world, the other what we see all around us.
A symbiotic relationship has always existed between high art and haute couture
In the light of all this, I was fascinated to hear that the House of Dior was staging an exhibition in Beijing, featuring 21 Chinese artists who had been invited to make works that responded to, or were inspired by, the designs of Christian Dior and his successor John Galliano
this is by a long way the most stunning exhibition installation of the year.


Liu Jian Hua’s Daily.fragile
hundreds of porcelain replicas of Dior products and the label’s iconic ‘D’

Huang Rui’s Timeless White Cloud
denoting the years the fashion house has existed.

Wen Fang’s Hole in the Wall, Hope in the World


Christian Dior owned an art gallery before he founded his eponymous fashion house.