Ultra5280 had a chance to visit the Dior exhibit at the Denver Art Museum this past week, and if you have a passion for fashion, it’s right up your alley! The idea to bring in Haute Couture fashion, and more specifically, Christian Dior’s pieces, came from Florence Muller, the Curator of Textile Arts and Fashion, for the Avenir Foundation at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibit features 70 years of Christian Dior’s most exquisite work, carrying over 200 haute couture dresses, accessories, runway videos, and photographs for the public to see.
Why the excitement? What makes Christian Dior so important not only to fashion but the world in general? Dior was one of the first artists and designers to express, through clothes, the modern woman and feminism around the time of World War II. Going against the fashion norm of predominantly masculine-based designs, Dior broke through the fashion industry, allowing only the best of the best to be seen in his designs. Women were finally then able to express themselves in a way they never could before through fashion, giving a new definition to the women’s movement. Dior dresses featured synched dresses, carrying dress lengths and a mix of both formal and casual designs. His dresses also included patterns influenced by art of all forms. Whether inspired by artists like Monet or a more contemporary art style, Christian Dior remains one of the first designers to do something different among women’s fashion.
In addition to breath-taking displays of dresses worn only by the world’s most elite, the exhibit profiles some of Dior’s most prominent directors, like Yves-Saint Laurent, Raf Simmons, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. These were all people who not only helped Dior during his prime, but helped carry on the legacy once Dior had passed from the scene. As people walk through the exhibit, they can find the history of some of fashion’s biggest powerhouses that continue to influence the world today. The exhibit will take you through time, displaying videos of the design process of the dresses, interviews with the icon, Dior, himself, and even videos of famous models, like Gisele, on the runway wearing Dior. Dior and his team made a revolutionary change to fashion and the industry during a time where self-expression through fashion was lacking. So, whether you are a fashion junkie or not, high-culture Paris has arrived in Denver, giving the public an opportunity to learn about the immense influence that Dior and his designs had on both women and the world.
The exhibit will be on display until March 3, 2019 so, be sure to grab your tickets here: https://tickets.denverartmuseum.org/DateSelection.aspx?item=1944
Written by: Ella Zeiler Photos: Ella Zeiler