It’s not very often that I find an excuse to pop to Harrods, home to the world’s most luxurious brands, shopping haven for the uber-wealthy. Then I read about the Dior exhibition on The Frugality over Easter. Fashion, glamour and a trip to a London icon without the slightest dent to your purse (it’s a free exhibition!). I’m there. It sounded like the perfect way to spend the last day of the Easter Bank Holiday.
So on Monday I hopped on the tube and made my way over to Knightsbridge. This is stating the obvious but I forgot just how HUGE Harrods actually is! (Seven floors across 4.5 acres to be precise!) After being distracted and dazzled by some diamonds, I made my way up to the 4th floor where you’ll find the exhibition.
It’s an impressive entrance.
You’re greeted by a giant dolls house, complete with miniature Dior rooms. In true Harrods style, there were a few smart suited men handing out stylish information leaflets as you entered. I found out later that they were also available to give guided tours.
If you prefer to enjoy exhibitions at your own pace, take a right into the world of Dior. A history lesson in one of the most recognised luxury brands, an insight into the creation of the fashion house’s haute couture designs.
You’ll learn more about the iconic quilted bag and well-known J’adore perfume…
And their regal ambassadors, such as Princess Margaret.
You can get up close to some of their creations with an amazing theatre of miniature sized designs.
And also the outfits that have been worn by some of Hollywood’s biggest style icons. Like this amazingly intricate (and tiny!) dress worn by Audrey Hepburn.
If you have a spare afternoon or evening before 14 April, when the exhibition closes, I definitely recommend making this an excuse to pop to Harrods. Get to know Dior and enjoy some glamour without a big price tag.
If you do want to treat yourself whilst you’re there, you can either take a seat in the Dior Cafe or head back down to the ground floor for the opulent Ladurée cafe.
If fashion isn’t your kind of thing, just make an excuse to pop in anyway. It really is an eye-opener into the city’s wealthy dwellers and bank balances!
Have you been to Harrods? What did you think? Have you seen any great exhibitions recently?