From Paris to Denver

BY Etta Meyer | February 25, 2019 | Feature Features

For over 70 years the House of Dior has been at the top of the fashion game.

Through seven decades and seven creative directors “there are no holes” in the brand’s history, explains Florence Müller, curator of textile art and fashion for the Denver Art Museum. Thanks to Müller, the first retrospective of Dior’s oeuvre in the U.S.—Dior: From Paris to the World—opened exclusively at DAM in November. To organize the sheer volume of works (it took 12 experts one month just to place the garments onto dress forms), the show is set up chronologically, leading viewers from Christian Dior’s postwar ultrafeminine “new look” for ladies to John Galliano’s wild runway artistry to today. As each designer has paid homage to Dior’s original genius, the show is also thematic, re-creating his inspirations: gardens a la Monet or the 18th-century French court, for example. The grand finale showcases Dior’s expansion through the decades with documents, videos and over 50 silhouettes that show artistic inspirations from all around the globe. The effect is a kind of epic art history immersion through the eyes of the world’s most skilled and glamorous couturiers. Through March 17, 100 W. 14th Ave.

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