Christian Dior: Part 3
I am so excited about this dress, and the fact that I get to write about it feels wonderful in itself. This was the last and final room of the exhibition. And it was the only one where only one piece was featured. We had just come out of the most breathtaking ball room, the largest room of them all. It was broad and octagonal in shape, with many chandeliers, around fifty dresses- at least fifteen of which I found astounding- and changing lighting. It went from from starry shimmering speckles of blue, to warm pinks to orange to deep blue. This made photos a little tricky, so I only have some that turned out okay, which is a real shame as a couple of my favourite dresses will have to be skipped over, but ah well. So leaving that room I was convinced that it has been the climax (and so we'd be lead to the exit). But then I turned the corner into this black space. It felt quiet and small, a contrast to the previous grandeur, but again my breath was taken. Upright in a white spotlight stood this beauty. The millions of pleats, the fan, the cascading back, the lightness and elegance....it was all ethereal. Truly and magnificently.
The name of this exhibition was Dior, 'designer of dreams', and it was at this point the meaning of that definitely struck home. Yes, he designed dreams. I am an onlooker to the world where women can wear Dior, and the possibility of wearing this dress is a dream to me.
Aloud I said, 'I hope God loves me enough to give me dresses like this in His kingdom'. But the reply from my friend was actually a yes; 'He does. He's promised to dress you as his beautiful bride,and clothe you in beautiful garments'. Let me take a moment to think over that again. Me, in a beautiful dress (I immediately imagined the one above). Not because I deserve it, but because Jesus has lifted me up and washed me white as snow.
That is a love that is breathless, that He would feel nails driven into His hands just so that I can be brought home with him. After the exhibition I found this description of the coming Kingdom in Revelation 21:18...
The wall was made of Jasper, and the city walls were decorated with every precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass. And after that I had no doubt that Dior is only a shadow of the beauty to come. The best of the best in this world will not compare, simply because our God is such an artist, such a designer, and he loves turning dreams into reality.