Dallas museum will not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of haute couture, but right now it should be on your list of itinerary. Dallas is giving a remarkable opportunity to see the year’s old Dior collection. If you want to understand Dior and his work closely this is your chance as the most exquisite collection from Dior is available in the Dallas museum. Exhibiting the legacy of Christian Dior and the House of Dior, this exhibition will be a once in a lifetime experience for fashion enthusiasts.
A lot have been written about Dior not in one art blog or two but I want the topic to be covered here as well.
DMA’s 40ft high Barrel is just flawless for emphasizing on these beautiful dresses. There could not have been better placed to showcase the 70 years old masterpieces.
“I think of my work as ephemeral architecture, dedicated to the beauty of the female body," Christian Dior once said. He lived by what he said, revolutionizing the way women get dressed. His work was an amalgam of one’s original roots and what to expect in the coming future. Trialing with design, without the fear of being rejected, he created an era of beautiful ensembles.
It is said that color was extremely significant to Christian Dior, for instance, he considered black to be the symbol for elegance, white for purity, pearl grey as a symbol of the 18th century. During his initial days of fame, he introduces the society with soft shoulders, nipped waists and accentuated busts. Unlike other brands of the time, he didn't stop at the dresses, rather thought of creating complete ensemble and that’s how jewellery, accesories, and bags entered the world of Dior.
After his death, his legacy is being carried by artistic directors Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. Staying true to Dior’s vision and adding a little of their creative skills, these designers have kept Dior in front of the fashion world.
You will be able to see the work of Yves Saint (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015), and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present). After its Denver Museum Show, it’s a fancier exhibit of more than 200 pieces which is spread across the area if 12,000 square feet. To better understand the exhibition, you should know that it is spread in several sections.
Different sections to visitThe revolutionary New Look: This section is based on the first collection of Christian Dior that highlighted female curves. There are 39 looks from Dior from 1947 to 1957.
Office of Dreams: You must keep an eye on this section to see the white toiles. The muslin mock-ups can be seen hanging on the wall surrounded by a mirrored ceiling. The story behind this collection is that Dior himself drew a hundred sketches and then these sketches were transformed into toiles.
Ladies in Dior: this section especially highlights how beautifully women embraced the ever-changing styles of Dior.
Dallas and Beyond: Because the exhibition is in Dallas, it's very important to see Dior connection to this city. He came to Dallas in 1947 to accept the Neiman Marcus Award.
Splendors of the 18th century: Which was very close to Dior’s heart also shows his wish to mix the 18th-century France to modern life.
Field of flower: This is the section that shows Dior's love for flowers, which was his second inspiration after women.
The vision of the exhibition is to show how Dior became the first couture house of the planet. You will get to see a collection of more than 200 haute couture dresses, original sketches, photographs, accessories, and runway videos. The exhibition is going to profile Dior as well as subsequent artistic directors who successfully brought Dior’s vision to the 21st century.
You will also get to see the designs of Maria Grazia Chiurim who is also the first woman head of Dior. Her work is a beautiful collection of fairy tale designs that suit the modern choices of 21st century women. Some of the famous advocates of Dior's dresses are Jennifer Lawrence, Bella Hadid, Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone, Emilia Clarke and Rihanna. Whether it was Princess Margaret, Megan Markel, or Lady Diana herself, even the royals are enchanted by the magic of Dior and you get a glimpse of it in this exhibition.
You can avail the tickets only to avoid long physical queues. From Tuesday to Thursday, the adult tickets are available for just $20 and from Friday to Sunday, the tickets increases by $5, which is $25. There are special discounts for military, students, and senior citizens. For children below 11 years, the exhibition is entirely free. Make sure your reach between assigned slots, as if you miss the slot, you might need a new ticket. DMA members can reserve their tickets in advance.