Dior

From Paris to the World
On View through March 3, 2019
Hellebore dress

Gianfranco Ferré, Robe Hellébore, Dior Collection Haute Couture, Spring 1995 (detail). Photo ©Paolo Roversi/Art + Commerce

Christian Dior, Bar suit. Afternoon ensemble in shantung and pleated wool, Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1947, Corolle line. Dior Héritage collection, Paris. ©Laziz Hamani.

Banco. Haute couture Spring-Summer

Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Banco. Haute couture Spring-Summer 1958, Trapèze line. Smock dress in faille with a peony print. Dior Héritage Collection, Paris; Inv. 1998.2. ©Laziz Hamani.

Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, Soirée à Rio. Chiffon and embroidered faille evening gown worn by Elizabeth Taylor. Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1961, Slim Look collection. Dior Héritage collection, Paris Inv. 1993.15 ©Laziz Hamani

Pollock dress

Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, Pollock dress. Long printed faille evening gown. Haute Couture Fall-Winter 1986. Dior Héritage collection, Paris Inv. 2015.450 ©Laziz Hamani.

Embroidered faille dress

John Galliano for Christian Dior, Embroidered faille dress. Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2000. Dior Héritage collection, Paris. ©Laziz Hamani

Haute Couture Fall-Winter

Raf Simons for Christian Dior. 3/4-length duchess satin evening gown with Sterling Ruby SP178 shadow print. Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012. Dior Héritage collection, Paris. Inv. 2013.56. ©Laziz Hamani

Raf Simons for Christian Dior, Embroidered tulle and silk evening gown. Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2013. Dior Héritage collection, Paris Inv. 2013.122 ©Laziz Hamani

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.

John Galliano for Christian Dior Long metal and embroidered tulle dress. Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2006. Dior Héritage collection, Paris. Inv. 2007.7 Image courtesy of firstVIEW.com

dior and models

Christian Dior draping fabric over model Sylvie, 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior.

YSL portrait

Yves Saint Laurent Drawing on Blackboard Models, November 16, 1957. Photo ©AGIP / Bridgeman Images.

Marc Bohan Portrait

Marc Bohan adjusting a “toile” over a model.

ferre portrait

Portrait of Gianfranco Ferré, about 1990.

Raf Simons

Raf Simons in the ateliers for the preparation of his first collection at Dior, Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2012. © Willy Vanderperre. Courtesy Art + Commerce.

Maria Grazia Chiuri

Maria Grazia Chiuri during a work session for her first collection at Dior, Ready-to-Wear Spring-Summer 2017. Photo © Janette Beckman.

About

On View through March 3, 2019
Hamilton Building - Level 2
Ticketed with member discount
For tickets, purchase online or call 720-913-0130.

Dior: From Paris to the World surveys 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 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.

Exposición

Del 19 de noviembre de 2018 al 3 de marzo de 2019

Edificio Hamilton, Nivel 2

Dior: From Paris to the World (Dior: de París al mundo) es una mirada a 70 años del legado perdurable y la influencia mundial de la Casa Dior. Una selección de 150 vestidos de alta costura, así como accesorios, joyería, fotografías, dibujos, videos de desfiles de modas y materiales del archivo cuentan la historia de la emblemática casa de alta costura, de su fundador, Christian Dior, y de los directores artísticos posteriores que llevaron la visión de Dior al siglo XXI.

Christian Dior, el dueño de una galería de arte que luego se convirtió en un modisto famoso, causó una revolución en París y en todo el mundo después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Dior creó alta costura que expresaba la femineidad moderna y eliminaba por completo la silueta masculina que se había establecido durante la guerra. Concibió diseños sofisticados con hombros suaves, busto pronunciado y cintura reducida, y eso marcó el inicio de un movimiento excepcional en la historia de la moda que haría que Dior terminara convirtiéndose en la primera casa de alta costura del mundo.

La presentación cronológica enfatiza aspectos fundamentales de la historia de la Casa Dior y se centrará en cómo Dior cimentó la reputación de la casa en una década. También destacará cómo sus sucesores, Yves-Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons y Maria Grazia Chiuri, dejaron su propia huella en la estética del diseño.

Esta exposición está organizada por el DAM y está a cargo de Florence Müller, la curadora de la fundación Avenir Foundation de arte textil y moda. Shohei Shigematsu, el arquitecto reconocido mundialmente y director de la OMA de Nueva York, se encargó del diseño de la exposición.

Dior: From Paris to the World es una exposición organizada por el Denver Art Museum. La presentan Joy y Chris Dinsdale. Asimismo, recibe el apoyo de Bridget y John Grier, John Brooks Incorporated, Nancy Lake Benson, los donantes de la campaña benéfica Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, así como de los ciudadanos que brindan su apoyo al Distrito de Organizaciones Científicas y Culturales (SCFD, por sus siglas en inglés). Extendemos un agradecimiento especial a la fundación Avenir Foundation por su apoyo al departamento de arte textil y moda. Apoyo promocional proporcionado por 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight y The Denver Post.

For Members

Members enjoy half-price tickets to this exhibition. The Member Preview is sold out.

Members can see Dior during our Member Mornings, when the museum opens one hour early just for members.

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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 Bridget and John Grier, Swarovski, Denver Agency, Nancy Lake Benson, John Brooks Incorporated, Fine Arts Foundation, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, the Textile and Fashion Circle, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Special thanks to the Avenir Foundation for its support of the department of textile art and fashion. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.