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Fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier says his job is to create dreams, “but Dior Haute Couture is already a dream.” That concept was illustrated twice over when the Dior Couture Patrick Demarchelier exhibition arrived in Orange County.


South Coast Plaza

Dior Couture Patrick Demarchelier paired two iconic Dior dress designs with a series of portraits that Demarchelier snapped of models wearing some of the line’s most exquisite couture designs spanning the decades. He spent two years on the project, and the end result has traveled to Shanghai, Beijing and Moscow. When it arrived in Orange County, well, you can imagine the celebration. Elizabeth Segerstrom hosted a Champagne reception with Dior’s South Coast Plaza boutique, and guided tours of the exhibit were provided to the well-heeled guests. Photographer Donato Sardella captured this shot just before the first attendees were allowed in. And it is, as you see, indeed the stuff of dreams.