Last year marked the house of Dior’s 70th anniversary, and a series of exhibits popped up globally in celebration. As it so happens there is a continued appetite for all-things Dior, and as of this weekend a new show has opened — this time, stateside. Dior: From Paris to the World, a retrospective spanning the label’s history from its origins to today, has officially opened at the Denver Art Museum. Over 180 haute couture designs are on display in 15 thematic spaces, celebrating the various designers that have shaped the house, as well as Christian Dior himself.
“He was the first to understand that from a very exclusive couture house, one catering to women of the highest elegance, he could conquer the planet,” says Florence Müller, the curator of the exhibition who was also behind Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. “Thanks to the New Look, he could boast a name that was more famous even than that of General de Gaulle!”
The show also features archival photographs, films, original sketches, and nearly 200 accessories and objects related to Dior perfumes and makeup, some of which are previously unseen. Additionally, there are 25 toiles (dress mock-ups) of famous silhouettes on display. It’s a treasure trove for American fashion fans, but also anyone who is interested in fashion history.
Dior: From Paris to the World is open now at the Denver Art Museum, and runs through March 3, 2019.