Dior

From Paris to the World
Opens November 18, 2018
Christian Dior with models, about 1955. Photo André Gandner. © Clémence Gandner

Christian Dior with models, about 1955. Photo André Gandner. © Clémence Gandner

Inside the House of Dior ateliers, preparation for the Spring-Summer 2017 Haute Couture collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior. © Sophie Carre.

Christian Dior’s Paris Atelier, 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior Couture Archives.

Christian Dior, Bobby suit, Autumn-Winter 1956 Haute Couture collection. Courtesy of Christian Dior Couture Archives.

Christian Dior, Bobby suit, Autumn-Winter 1956 Haute Couture collection. Courtesy of Christian Dior Couture Archives.

Dior fashion models wearing "Vert gazon," "Gavroche," and "Flirt" ensembles (Spring-Summer Haute Couture collection, Slim Look line), 1961. © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com

Dior fashion models wearing "Vert gazon," "Gavroche," and "Flirt" ensembles (Spring-Summer Haute Couture collection, Slim Look line), 1961. © Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com.

Spring-Summer 2017 Haute Couture collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior. ©Photo Tierney Gearon. Noemie Abigail @ viva model. Models All Rights Reserved.

Spring-Summer 2017 Haute Couture collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior. ©Photo Tierney Gearon. Noemie Abigail @ viva model. Models All Rights Reserved.

November 18, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Hamilton Building - Level 2
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Dior: From Paris to the World surveys 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of 150 couture dresses, as well as accessories, costume jewelry, photographs, drawings, runway videos, and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house, its founder, Christian Dior, and the subsequent artistic directors who carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

Christian Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II. Dior created haute couture expressing modern femininity, completely shedding the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war. He 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.

The chronological presentation, showcasing pivotal themes in the House of Dior’s history, will focus on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house’s reputation within a decade and will highlight how his successors, Yves-Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri, incorporated their own design aesthetic.

This exhibition is organized by the DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion. It features exhibition design by internationally renowned architect Shohei Shigematsu, principal of OMA New York.

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Dior: From Paris to the World is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented by Joy and Chris Dinsdale. Additional funding is provided by John Brooks Incorporated, Nancy Lake Benson, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Special thanks to the Avenir Foundation for their support of the Textile Art Department. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.