CHRISTIAN DIOR: DESIGNER OF DREAMS
BROOKLYN MUSEUM – Sept. 10, 2021 – Feb. 20, 2022
Following its success at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is being reinvented at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, as of September 10th, 2021, as seen through the eyes of curator Florence Müller in collaboration with Matthew Yokobosky for a selection from the museum’s holdings. In a new scenographic narrative – featuring several silhouettes on display for the first time – this event crowns more than seventy years of virtuoso passion initiated by the pioneering vision of Christian Dior. In September 1947, just a few months after the triumph of the New Look, the couturier flew to America, going on to establish a New York subsidiary the following year.
The exhibition opens with a journey through time and space – Paris to New York – from 30 Avenue Montaigne to the cosmopolitan heart of the United States. Dior’s earliest haute couture creations – some of which have never been revealed to the general public before – interact with exceptional pieces, a striking encounter between Dior’s unique heritage and the Brooklyn Museum’s rich collections. Models from the Corolle and En Huit lines are displayed alongside paintings, including a work by Paul-César Helleu, one of Monsieur Dior’s favorite artists.
Richard Avedon’s iconic photograph, Dovima and the Elephants, is surrounded by an array of captivating prints, past and present.
The journey continues through the creations of the House’s successive Artistic Directors, showcased with respect to art history: Yves Saint Laurent; Marc Bohan; Gianfranco Ferré; John Galliano; Raf Simons; Maria Grazia Chiuri.
The House’s multiple sources of inspiration – from Versailles to the splendor of flowers – are on display, while the Colorama, a magical cabinet of curiosities brimming with chromatic nuances, reveals the essential role of Dior accessories, from makeup to perfumes, including hats by Stephen Jones. The must-see toile room, a tribute to the Ateliers, showcases the excellence of Dior’s petites mains. In a final magical touch, the central vault has been redesigned as an enchanted garden with a sky constellated by stars – an echo of Christian Dior’s lucky star.
The American dream meets the Dior dream, from art to fashion.
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