Dior Comes to Denver // #DiorinDenver
A promising announcement about the emerging fashion scene in Denver was made last Thursday. Dior: From Paris to the World, an extensive retrospective spanning 70 years of Christian Dior’s enduring fashion house will be opening at the Denver Art Museum in November 2018. Christian Dior’s namesake fashion house is as relevant, if not more-so, today than when it opened during World War II. Remember the New Look? Dior has always been known for flawless construction and strong silhouettes that emphasize femininity, pinpointing what women really want to wear, regardless of which designer is at the helm continuing the legacy.
A more probable locale for this exhibition would be the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or maybe one of the several art museums in Italy, so it’s equally thrilling and unexpected to hear that Denver has won the right to bring 150 pieces spanning the length of the fashion house to our very own Denver Art Museum. Past retrospectives have been displayed in Dior’s home country of France at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.
From Paris to London to Denver?! Florence Müller, DAM Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion since 2015, deserves all the credit with this astounding victory. Müller has contributed to upwards of 100 fashion exhibitions worldwide, including Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams staged at Paris’ Museé de Arts Décoratifs. If you were lucky enough to catch Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective in 2012, Müller’s first curated display at DAM (in which Denver was the only US city to stage this presentation—notice a trend?), then you know no expectations are too high for Dior: From Paris to the World.
If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and mark your calendar to visit this exhibit, open from November 18, 2018 through March 3, 2019 — you can thank me later.
Image 1 Credit: André Gandner, Clémence Gandner
Image 2 Credit: Sophie Carre