Skip to main content

House of Dior exhibition comes to the Denver Art Museum

Written By | Nov 19, 2018

@Ron Stern all rights reserved

DENVER:  A world-class exhibit of 200 couture garments from the House of Dior will be on display at the Denver Art Museum for public viewing starting in November 2019. Two years in the making, a team of patrons collaborated to create a top-notch visual display from Christian Dior’s House of Fashion.

Clothing beautifully displayed on petal platforms. @Ron Stern all rights reserved


A Young Dior

It all started when the boy placed his favorite fashion sketches on the pavement in front of the steps of his parent’s home. Carefully positioned a clean pebble on each rendering to prevent the wind from whisking them away, a young Dior would call out “Ten cents for a beautiful sketch!”

Thus, begun what eventually led to a successful fashion house in Paris, France.

One of the first fashion houses to open after World War II, Dior products now reach all over the world. The Dior brand produces ready-to-wear, leather goods, footwear, jewelry, fragrances, and a line of skincare.

Dior’s studio was called “The Office of Dreams,” where he organized his work like an orchestra conductor. @Ron Stern all rights reserved


The story behind Christian Dior

As a young man, Christian Dior was artistic, aspiring to join the art world in some manner.   His first venture was an art gallery in Paris. Eventually, with financial backing, he founded the House of Dior.

The first collection was shown in February 1947.  Harper’s Bazaar would dub the collection a “new look” thus establishing Dior as a master designer.  Dior pulled fashion into a new direction: away from the boxy wartime fabric rations of World War II and into a line of long and fuller skirts paired with boned, bustier bodices.

This revolutionized women’s dress design, once again establishing Paris as the center of the fashion world.  Other creative ideas followed from the splendors of 18th century France and his many travels around the world.

Dior revolutionized the fashion world with his designs, whose influence still lives on today. @Ron Stern All rights reserved

After Dior

Dior died at the age of 52 resulting in succeeding designers to keep the name of Dior in the public light through the years. Among them were Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, and Raf Simons. Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first woman to head Dior holds the mantle today. Bio descriptions of these designers and their garments are also on display.

Visitors to this impeccably conceived exhibition will find runway videos, fashion photographs, original sketches, and audio headphones guiding them through this retrospective of this fashion icon. This special show runs from November 19, 2018, through March 3, 2019.


Nancy Stern

Nancy writes about food and travel and is a regular contributor to The Daily Meal. Her articles have appeared in major news outlets such as The Los Angeles Times, Sun-Sentinel, San Diego Union-Tribune and Yahoo News. Nancy started her career through creative art journaling, eventually compiling them into a book about her adventures., The Travel Writer's Wife