The French designer Christian Dior came to Dallas in 1947, his first trip to the United States, at the invitation of Stanley Marcus. He traveled to Texas to receive the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion in the same year he had caused a sensation in Paris with his first haute couture collection, whose singularly glamorous silhouettes were dubbed the "New Look."
On May 19, 2019, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) presents the first major U.S. retrospective of Dior and the fashion house he built. The exhibition Dior: From Paris to the World traces more than seventy years of Dior, with 100 couture dresses, as well as original sketches, photographs and runway videos, that profile Dior's pathbreaking achievements as a designer, and his six successors, from Yves Saint Laurent to Maria Grazia.
One display reveals the specialized work - toile patterns and intricate hand embroidery - of assistants and seamstresses or petites mains of the couture house's workshop. Before establishing himself as a couturier, Dior, who had a lifelong interest in art, had a gallery in Paris.
At the DMA, selections from the museum's collection will augment the exhibition. Catherine Marcus Rose, president of the board of trustees, said "Dior: From Paris to the World explores the creative process and the inspiration designers often derive from art and the culture around them. Whether influenced by Jackson Pollock, eighteenth-century painting, or Monet's flower-filled gardens, Dior's designs demonstrate that art has played a powerful role in shaping the work. Living in a city that values fashion and art, it's especially exciting to welcome an exhibition that celebrates both."
The exhibition presents loans from the Dior Héritage Collection, many rarely seen outside of Europe, and is organized by the Denver Art Museum. Dior: From Paris to the World is open at the DMA through September 1. Tickets are available at dma.org/dior. Find more information at DiorinDallas.com.