Post on 07.02.2019

Dior in Denver showcases a fundamental of Parisian fashion history

Christian Dior fans can now see at the Denver Art Museum a new version of the celebrated collection “Dior: From Paris to the World”.

Walking through the Frederic C. Hamilton gallery doors, one is transported to a magical place in the history of fashion.  Christian Dior, himself a lover of fine art, was instrumental in reinvigorating the world of Paris couture after WWII.  His first collection was the beginning of an iconic brand that continues to be wildly popular today.  The DAM’s exhibition begins its first showcase with a representation of Mr. Dior’s studio, and explains why he chose 30 Avenue Montaigne for his workspace. The next gallery of LBD’s begins with the iconic New Look and finishes with Maria Grazia Chiuri’s updated version of the same.  Each room of this exhibition is filled with fascinating treasures from the archives of Dior Paris.

Throughout the exhibit, curator Florence Müller has created an enchantment for the viewer. Each artistic director of Dior; Mr. Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri are featured in their own spaces with insight into their inspiration and information about how they made the line their own while keeping to the tradition that speaks to the essence of Dior. Shohei Shigematsu’s brilliant architectural designs compliment the pieces of the collection so that the viewer has the best insight to the pieces. His gallery wall of muslins from the workroom alone is a feat of impressive genius. The wonder of seeing so many first drafts of iconic looks all in one place is a fashion fan’s dream.

The grand finale of the collection is a room filled with mannequins, on multiple levels of staging, displaying couture creations that represent countries around the world.  Each designer from the house had an influence on unique pieces for women hailing from all corners of the earth. Some pieces that are not as well-known can be found in the final gallery, hours can be spent perusing each look and discovering more of the history of the house of Dior.  Lovers of fashion, fashion history, art, and most of all beautiful things will be delighted to visit this special collection.

Dior: from Paris to the World can be seen at the Denver Art Museum through March 4.

 

Jacqueline Sablayrolles