Dior at the Dallas Museum of Art

This summer and early fall, the Dallas Museum of Art is featuring an exhibition titled, “Dior: From Paris to the World.” If you’re even remotely interested in fashion, this is a must-see.

Already know you want to go? You’re in luck! The DMA’s exhibition has extended past the original closure date and will be open until the end of October 2019.

The Dior exhibition was divided into many different rooms:

The entrance/exit (pictured below) in all black.

The Office of Dreams: a room of all white prototypes. This allowed everyone involved in the creation process to make adjustments as needed, then use the real fabric. The wallpaper in the room is even made out of the pattern of one of them!

There are two rooms featuring each of the Dior Creative Directors:

  • Christian Dior (1947-1957). Did you know that Dior ran an art gallery before he got into fashion?
  • Yves Saint Laurent (1958-1960): The Little Prince of Fashion. Dior’s assistant and successor, who’s name you probably also recognize.
  • Marc Bohan (1961-1989): Classicism Revisited.
  • Gianfranco Perre (1989-1996): The Postmodern Couturier.
  • John Galliano (1997-2011): The Storyteller.
  • Raf Simons (2011-2015): The Shapeshifter.
  • Maria Grazia Chiuri (2015-Present): The New Femininity.

From Paris to the World: the largest hall in the exhibition, featuring 57 dresses on both sides that are inspired by specific cultures or locations, as well as Ladies in Dior which shows 12 red carpet dresses. There are also two sets of documents (one regarding Elizabeth Firestone, and one Marilyn Monroe) which detail their correspondence with the fashion house and receipts of purchases.

A room featuring the 18th Century, as well as Dior’s travels to Dallas.

This was my friend Alex’s favorite section. When this collection was being produced, Christian Dior had an interior designer come into the studio and create an 18th-century space for inspiration.

The hall of photography, showcasing models wearing Dior. In this room is also a collection of what is called, a “total look,” – head to toe of the same color.

Florals (for spring? Groundbreaking!).

One of my favorite elements was the addition of inspiration and preliminary sketches. You can see the evolution of the looks created, as well as their fit amongst the collection as a whole.

The looks below were some of my favorite (in particular the black short-sleeve, the red ballgown, and the striped tulle skirt).

Overall this exhibit was put together beautifully, and it left Alex and I inspired. If you’ve got the chance to drop in, the tickets are well worth it!

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