The House of Dior has become synonyms with luxury couture since it’s inception after World War II, 70 years ago. It has now become an iconic brand with global influence. Dior: From Paris to the World, is an exhibition which surveys the brands legacy and influence over these past seven decades. It traces the history of the luxury fashion house to its current offerings and provides a glimpse of what the brand has to offer in the future. It is an extension “Christion Dior: Designer of Dreams,” the 70th-anniversary extravaganza that Florence Müller curated. The exhibition concluded in Paris in 2017 and since then has been installed in various museums around the world. Now, it has opened up at the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. It will be on display from May 19 till September 1.
The exhibition is mirrored to their previous installment Denver Art Museum from last fall. The first thing that attracts the onlooker is the 40-foot-high Barrel Vault. It profiles Dior’s work himself followed by the subsequent creative and artistic directors the brand has seen over the years. It shows their work for the fashion house and how they have carried Dior’s vision in the 21st Century. These directors include works and visions of Yves Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015), and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present).
Dior: From Paris to the World will showcase around 200 pieces of Haute couture dresses, accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos, and other archival material. This exhibition has added 32 new dresses in the exhibition since it debuted in Denver which includes 13 pieces by Christian Dior himself along with six new dresses from its current creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
The exhibition also brings together the special bond Christian Dior shared with the city of Dallas. Visionary merchant, Stanley Marcus invited Christian Dior as a recipient of the 10th annual Neiman Marcus Award “for distinguished service in the field of fashion.” He along with Salvatore Ferragamo, Norman Hartnell and Irene were awarded in the fall of 1947. “To reach Dallas, Texas, I had to cross the ocean and enter the New World,” recalled Dior. In return, Marcus remembered Dior to be “very shy.”
Dior: From Paris to the World can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The tickets vary from $20-$25 on weekdays and weekends respectively. Make sure to take out enough time to leisurely roam around the exhibition and take in the legacy of the house of Dior.
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