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Decoding Dior: George Brown College & ROM

In honor of 70 years of Christian Dior fashion, an original exhibition at Royal Ontario Museum launched celebrating the first ten years of Christian Dior haute couture. The museum worked in collaboration with George Brown College to analyze the designer’s creative process and techniques, and to decode the historical and technical construction of some of Dior’s iconic pieces, known as the “New Look.”

Professor Berta Pavlov from George Brown College was asked to sketch, measure and analyze the patterns for ten of the Dior pieces in the collection. She also simulated two of the designs on a 3D model to see that the 2D pattern fit like the original.”With the Pamplune dress it was a real opener,” Pavlov says. “The lower part of the dress is 66 pieces, making up 33 gourds. The fabric was also expensive, and I wouldn’t have had time to sew up that piece while sampling, but to see it come together on a 3D model was exciting and cost-effective.”