How To Buy Tickets To the Sold Out Christian Dior Exhibition
Following its massive success in Paris back in 2017/2018, Christian Dior’s must-see exhibition has finally arrived in London at the The Victoria & Albert Museum , with some additional and never seen before pieces just for London! As soon as booking was possible, the tickets for the Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams were sold out almost instantly – but then a glimmer of hope arrived last week when they announced an extension for another 7 weeks with more tickets, but again they were gone before you could even load up the booking website!
The exhibition at V&A now closed. You’ll find a new exhibition at La Galerie Dior in Paris and you can reserve your tickets here.
It does sell out quickly, so make sure to book ahead of time. You can try step 2 and queue up and see if you can grab some of the tickets they release daily. Tickets are very limited according to the e-mail I got: “it is possible to purchase tickets at the venue, on an exceptional basis. You will not, however, have priority access so there may be a waiting time.” So do keep that in mind.
La Galerie Dior is open Wednesday – Monday from 11 am to 7 pm.
HERE IS WHAT YOU MISSED FROM THE CHRISTIAN DIOR: DESIGNER OF DREAMS EXHIBITION IN LONDON
All this means there are
three two options for you to witness it:
1. Become a member.
2. Queue up and see if you can grab some of the tickets they release daily on first-come, first-served basis.
Steal someone’s ticket
If you go with option 2, you’ll be queuing early morning at the museum’s main entrance on Cromwell Road. To give you an idea: I got there at 08:15 on a Saturday and was the 26th in line. I cannot 100% guarantee if 08:15 is the best time to arrive, as there are a few things you have to factor in on a daily basis – the weather wasn’t too great so I can imagine less people were eager to head out, and earlier in the week they had released tickets for the extended dates, meaning it was probably a less crowded day.
Around 09:30 a staff member will appear and hand out ticket numbers to those queuing, then when the doors open at 10:00 you go inside and purchase the actual tickets (£22) for the available timeslots they have at the ticket desk. I saw on Twitter that during a random weekday they gave out 100+ tickets; on the Saturday I went there were 58 tickets and there were well over 100 people waiting many of whom were sadly left empty handed.
With your tickets finally in hand you can head to the Sainsbury Gallery, but make sure you go on time because soon be joining another queue. For your reference I waited for 50 minutes in that one. Once you’ve gone through the final ticket check downstairs the queuing hasn’t quite ended…if it’s busy, you may be waiting a bit more to see the dresses as it can get quite cramped in there…Welcome to the Christian Queueor.
What I Didn’t Like
Because it was crowded you never really got the chance to get immersed in the moment. You had to stop and wait for people, read and then move on as the next person was either panting at your neck, holding their phone in front of you or subtly nudging.
They didn’t make use of the amazing space of the actual V&A and instead crammed the exhibition in downstairs in the Sainsbury Gallery. It felt dusty and old fashioned at times, without much innovation. I can only compare it to this Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition I saw in Rotterdam which was imaginative and well presented with mannequins that had faces projected and who randomly started singing, this just felt a bit meh simple and reliant on the exhibits rather the space as a whole.
It’s relatively short and the exit came as a surprise. I wanted to make sure it wasn’t just me so I waited at the exit point for about 10 minutes and there were a lot ‘oh is this it?’ and then people leaving and some even heading back in.
What I Liked
Obviously seeing all the garments up close, it was also a bonus that most weren’t hidden behind glass boxes, so you see the details and craftsmanship that go into couture pieces. Getting a sneak peek of Dior’s sketches and fabric swatches.
I also liked that it wasn’t all chronological and instead broken down in themes that featured garments from all the different designers and how they added something to the fashion house but all kept the famous hourglass silhouettes at the forefront. Seeing the same shapes and styles come back time after time reminded you that every trend comes back, so make sure you keep that leopard skirt you bought for the next round!
The ball room, oh the ballroom! The big finale. I mean look at that last photo.
So was it worth the queuing? All in all yes … as it’s not often you get the chance to see such wondrous clothing up close and personal, so stick with in and enjoy.
Thank you for this! You’ve inspired me to give it a try on a mid-week morning.
I have a ticket for July 28th 2019 that I can’t use, as I won’t be in London by then. So if anyone is interested, I’m selling it. I don’t really know where else can I sell it as the museum won’t accept refunds.
hi Melanie, have you tried Twitter?
Hi Melanie, is it only 1 ticket ? Thanks
I need one or two tickets, please! +79168149727
How much please reply,
I would like if your ticket is still available?
Which day of the month releases extra tickets for the Dior Exhibition
I need two tickets!! If anybody has some i could buy please let me know .. email@example.com
I have a single ticket for 10.45am on 18th July if anyone cares to meet me there and buy my spare ticket. Spare because my friend who was joining me has to cancel last minute – she is devastated. Contact me on 07917067665 Thanks Frances
I need two tickets on the 19th July please
I have one ticket available for Sunday 24th August at 5.45pm £24 as i booked the wrong date. firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
I would like one for Sunday 18th August instead if anyone is able to help….
I have four tickets for sale since my friends can’t go. It’s on August 4, 2019 Sunday at 3 pm. This is a timed exhibit. The tickets normally cost $25 per person on Sunday but I am selling all four of them for $40 together. Please email me. Thanks!
I have 2 tickets for Saturday 24th August, 4:30pm ….. telephone 07850644500
I have 2 tickets for Saturday 24 August, 4:30pm ….. telephone 07850644500