Dressed for Success: World-class Dior retrospective opens in Denver
Dressed for Success: World-class Dior retrospective opens in Denver
Dressed for Success: World-class Dior retrospective opens in Denver
Dressed for Success: World-class Dior retrospective opens in Denver
Dressed for Success: World-class Dior retrospective opens in Denver
Dressed for Success: World-class Dior retrospective opens in Denver
Dressed for Success: World-class Dior retrospective opens in Denver
Dressed for Success: World-class Dior retrospective opens in Denver
Dressed for Success: World-class Dior retrospective opens in Denver
Dressed for Success: World-class Dior retrospective opens in Denver

As Christian Dior once said, “It is unforgivable to do what one doesn’t love especially if one succeeds.”

While the man behind the now famous brand originally aspired to become an architect or a composer, destiny set him on a different path—one that he visibly loved.

In his youth, he was surprised when a fortune teller predicted that he would make many ocean crossings. Little did he foresee at the time that such a prediction would come to full fruition. After studying political science, Dior secured directorships at two successive art galleries in Paris. In 1935, when the Great Depression left his family’s fortune in tatters, he turned to fashion illustration as a pivotal means of survival. His artistic talents quickly earned him design positions with eminent couturiers Robert Piguet and Lucien Lelong.

Thanks to financial backing from textile magnate Marcel Boussac, Dior was able to open his own couture house in 1946, eventually establishing it on five continents. His 1947 “New Look” collection was a global sensation. With it, he became as much of a revolutionary as the up-and-coming artists, including Alexander Calder and Salvador Dalí, whose work he had helped showcase. More than seven decades later, the House of Dior continues to produce statement silhouettes that transform the world in their own image.

The Denver Art Museum’s new Dior: From Paris to the World exhibition—the largest Dior retrospective to reach U.S. shores—spotlights the brand’s remarkable global influence and seamless absorption of elements from across cultures and time periods. The show, curated by Florence Müller, follows on the heels of the celebrated Christian Dior, couturier du rêve exhibition at the Musée des Arts décoratifs (Paris). The Denver Art Museum teamed up with internationally renowned architect Shohei Shigematsu of OMA New York, who harmonized the curves in Dior’s collections with the angles definitive of Daniel Libeskind’s surrounding space. The result is a masterpiece of an installation that ushers guests through the doors of 30 Avenue Montaigne and into a land of Dior without borders.

Dior: From Paris to the World offers visitors a journey that integrates the chronological with the thematic as it attends to the aesthetic contributions of each of the fashion house’s artistic directors: Christian Dior (1946–57), Yves Saint Laurent (1957–60), Marc Bohan (1960–89), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–96), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–15), and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present). One of the many highlights of the exhibition is the room that pays homage to Dior’s “office of dreams,” or atelier, where an ethereal wall of toiles, seemingly suspended in mid-air, pieces together the intensely collaborative process.

Dior: From Paris to the World is a visual tour de force that proves to devotees and critics alike that fashion and art are ultimately indivisible. With more than 200 haute couture dresses, as well as a treasure trove of original sketches, photographs, and other archival materials, the exhibition, which will be on view through 3 March 2019, is worthy of a transatlantic journey. Dior in Paris is to be expected—but Dior in Denver is otherworldly and all the more seductively sublime.

By Jessica Volz
Contact: jessavolz@aol.com

Dior: From Paris to the World
Denver Art Museum
19 November 2018 to 3 March 2019
https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/dior

Une exposition habillée pour le succès : « Dior : from Paris to the World » ouvre ses portes à Denver aux USA

Comme le disait Christian Dior : « On est impardonnable d’avoir fait ce qu’on n’aime pas, surtout si on réussit. » Alors que le fondateur de la célèbre marque voulait devenir architecte ou compositeur, le destin l’a mis sur un autre chemin.

Dans sa jeunesse, il a été étonné quand une diseuse de bonne aventure avait prédit qu’il ferait de nombreuses traversées de l’Océan Atlantique. Il n’avait jamais imaginé à l’époque qu’une telle prédiction allait se concrétiser. Après avoir étudié la science politique, Dior est devenu directeur de deux galeries d’art à Paris. En 1935, lorsque la Grande Dépression a ruiné sa famille, il s’est tourné vers l’illustration de mode comme moyen de survivre. Son talent artistique lui a valu des postes de dessinateurs auprès de deux couturiers, Robert Piguet et Lucien Lelong.

Grâce au soutien financier du magnat du textile Marcel Boussac, Dior a pu ouvrir sa propre maison de couture en 1946 qu’il a établi sur cinq continents. En 1947, sa collection « New Look » était une sensation. Il devint dans son art aussi révolutionnaire que les artistes émergents, comme Alexander Calder et Salvador Dalí. Plus de sept décennies plus tard, la Maison Dior continue à inventer des silhouettes qui transforment le monde dans leurs propres images.

La nouvelle exposition au Denver Art Museum « Dior : From Paris to the World », la plus grande rétrospective sur Dior aux Etats-Unis, met en lumière l’influence remarquable de la marque et de ses inspirations multiculturelles et des différentes époques. L’exposition, organisée par Florence Müller, fait suite à la célèbre exposition « Christian Dior, couturier du rêve » présentée au Musée des Arts décoratifs. Le Denver Art Museum a sélectionné l’architecte Shohei Shigematsu (OMA New York) pour harmoniser la féminité des collections de Dior avec les angles métalliques dans le bâtiment environnant de Daniel Libeskind. Le résultat est un chef-d’œuvre avec la sensation pour les visiteurs de passer des portes de l’avenue Montaigne à l’imagination de Dior sans frontières.

« Dior : From Paris to the World » propose aux visiteurs un voyage qui intègre la chronologie à la thématique en tenant compte des contributions esthétiques de tous les directeurs artistiques de la Maison : Christian Dior (1946-1957), Yves Saint Laurent (1957-1960), Marc Bohan (1960-1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989-1996), John Galliano (1997-2011), Raf Simons (2012-2015) et Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016– aujourd’hui). L’un des nombreux points forts de l’exposition est la salle qui rend hommage au « bureau des rêves » avec un mur de toiles comme suspendues dans l’air.

« Dior : From Paris to the World » est un tour de force visuel qui prouve que la mode et l’art sont indivisibles. Avec plus de 200 robes de haute couture, ainsi qu’un trésor de dessins originaux, de photos et de documents précieux, l’exposition, qui dure jusqu’au 3 mars 2019, est un merveilleux voyage transatlantique. Dior à Paris est habituel—mais Dior à Denver est encore plus fantastique parce qu’il vient d’un autre monde !

Légendes :

1. Installation view of Dior: From Paris to the World at the Denver Art Museum. Photograph by James Florio; courtesy Denver Art Museum.
2. Installation view of Dior: From Paris to the World at the Denver Art Museum. Photograph by James Florio; courtesy Denver Art Museum.
3. Gianfranco Ferré, Robe Hellébore, Dior Collection Haute Couture, Spring 1995. Photo ©Paolo Roversi/Art + Commerce.
4. Gianfranco Ferré for Christian Dior, Palladio. Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 1992, In Balmy Summer Breezes collection. Dior Héritage collection, Paris; Inv. 1992.23 ©Laziz Hamani.
5. Installation view of Dior: From Paris to the World at the Denver Art Museum. Photograph by James Florio; courtesy Denver Art Museum.
6. Installation view of Dior: From Paris to the World at the Denver Art Museum. Photograph by James Florio; courtesy Denver Art Museum.
7. Installation view of Dior: From Paris to the World at the Denver Art Museum. Photograph by James Florio; courtesy Denver Art Museum.
8. Installation view of Dior: From Paris to the World at the Denver Art Museum. Photograph by James Florio; courtesy Denver Art Museum.
9. Installation view of Dior: From Paris to the World at the Denver Art Museum. Photograph by James Florio; courtesy Denver Art Museum.
10. Installation view of Dior: From Paris to the World at the Denver Art Museum. Photograph by James Florio; courtesy Denver Art Museum.
11. Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Banco. Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1958, Trapèze line. Smock dress in faille with a peony print. Dior Héritage collection, Paris; Inv. 1998.2 ©Laziz Hamani.