VIDEO: Dior exhibition kicks off in Moscow

Today marks the first time so many iconic Dior gowns and renowned art pieces that inspired the late designer are all together in one place.

Fashionistas and museum lovers alike should flock to Moscow's state-run Pushkin Museum for its special exhibit on Dior that opens today. On display are an array of Dior's delicate bejeweled gowns and slim-waisted jackets that hang beneath mirror-covered ceilings paying tribute to the designer who died in 1957 at the age of 52. Gowns designed by the likes of Yves Saint Laurent and Gianfranco Ferré are also juxtaposed against art pieces that were beloved by the maison's founder.

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"The best way to describe this exhibit is with Christian Dior's own words: 'The history of Parisian fashion is not a vanity fair, but a representation of culture,'" said Pushkin Museum director Irina Antonova.

Paintings by Klimt, Renoir, van Gogh and others that nourished Dior's inspiration are on loan from the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, the Versaille Museum and Moscow's Tretyakov gallery.

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"It is not easy to imagine a fashion designer's house coming to a museum..But (the Pushkin Museum) was super responsive to combining paintings and costumes," said Christian Dior Chief Executive Sidney Toledano.He and Bernard Arnault, Chief Executive of LVMH -- the world's largest luxury brand and owner of Dior -- jetted into Moscow with many of their designers and models for the exhibit, which also features an aromatic perfume installation.

The "Inspiration Dior" exhibit runs until July 24.

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