A lthough only at the helm of his fashion house for 10 years,
legendary couturier Christian Dior’s influence on fashion has assured his legacy will last well into the 21st century.
After all, what style setter doesn’t have an iconic Dior saddle bag on their wardrobe wish list?
Celebrating more than 70 years of the French fashion house’s enduring legacy,
Dior: From Paris to the World arrives at the Dallas Museum of Art on May 19 and runs through September 1, 2019,
after wrapping up a blockbuster reign at the Denver Art Museum.
Tracing the history of the house through more than a hundred couture dresses—as well as photographs, sketches, runway videos,
and a visual display of the designer’s atelier—the exhibit will give museumgoers a deeper look at fashion as an art form.
The concept of fashion as art is not such a stretch, particularly in Dior’s case, considering he was an art gallerist before he became a legendary couturier,
showing the work of Jean Cocteau,
Dalí, Giacometti, Miró, and Picasso, among other boldface names.
Although a concurrent Dior show was staged in 2017/2018 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and is currently on view at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London,
From Paris to the World is unique in its heightened focus honed
by the Denver Art Museum’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, Florence Müller.
Müller has made a career of exploring Dior’s archives through multiple exhibitions staged across Europe and Asia from the 1980s onward.
Still, she was somewhat taken aback by the fevered response to the show from the public.
“The history of Christian Dior is one of the most important in fashion history, but still, I was surprised,” she recalls.
“We had an idea it would be big in Denver, but it was beyond what we imagined.
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