Friday, December 21, 2018

"Dior From Paris to the World" at the Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum has put together a exquisite exhibition of Christian Dior's haute couture.  Many of the pieces had never been outside of Europe, showcasing over 200 dresses.
 Dior started his fashion house in 1947.
 Moving away from the boxy, masculine designs that dominated wartime fashion,
he created designs that showed of the woman's figure with a small waist, generous bust and accentuated hips.

 His studio was called the :office of dreams."   His sketches were turned into toiles,  mock-ups made of plain white muslin.

 The Total Look, Dior not only designed clothing, he incorporated hats, shoes and perfume into his line.  He even designed a series of lipsticks for every dress.

Not only is the exhibition beautifully displayed, I like how the paintings were paired with some of his designs, complementing both perfectly.

 His travels were a huge inspiration in his designs.  Seville and Goya, Paris with its magnificent buildings, fox hunting in England, the kimono and cherry blossoms in Japan,
the landscape of sky scrapers in Chicago and New York to
 the colorful clothing of Mexico.

Denver Art Museum
Dior: From Paris to the World
The exhibition runs through March 3, 2019.