Delicious Dior at the Denver Art Museum
Today I spent the morning viewing the incredible new exhibit, “Dior: From Paris to the World” at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) This exhibition is curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion. I had the great fortune to be part of group guided through the exhibit by Ms. Müller. It was sheer pleasure for a fashionista to see Dior’s original “New Look” collection “expressing modern femininity, completely shedding the masculine silhouette that had been established during World War II. Dior conceived sophisticated designs featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts and nipped waists that marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.”
Dior died very early in his career and we saw how each of his successors, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri, incorporated their own design aesthetic into the House of Dior.
I particularly loved seeing how a couture gown is made and that the exhibit showed the actual toiles and patterns from successful designs. I have often read about this process but seeing the design process from actual collections was a joy.
Treat yourself to the exhibit which runs through March 3, 2019.