DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN Exhibition Shows Off Dress Line-Up Inspired by Japanese Culture

06.March.2020 | FASHION / Uncategorized

The DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN exhibition at HANKYU Umeda Store in Osaka began on March 1 where it is set to run until March 22.

The collection features a complete line-up inspired by Japan’s rich culture, from dresses serving haute couture to exquisite Lady Dior bags re-interpreted by various artists. This exhibition is a coming-together of DIOR and Japan and expresses savoir faire the way a maison should.

The exhibition is also home to a gift shop selling a range of different items. It also has an audio guide presented by Japanese actress and fashion model Yuko Araki and actor and model Ryusei Yokohama, both of whom were selected as Japan Fashion Ambassadors for this exhibition.

 

See the worlds of DIOR and Japan collide at DIOR FROM PARIS TO JAPAN.

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