If you’re following PurseBlog on Instagram then you may have seen photos last week from Dior’s star-studded event in New York. The event kicked off the start of the Christian Dior: Designer Of Dreams exhibit, which has been reinvented at the Brooklyn Museum after successful stints in Paris, Shanghai, and London. I had the pleasure of attending the event preview before the public opening, and it truly was a magical evening. The exhibit was otherworldly, showcasing hundreds of pieces and artifacts from the House of Dior.
The exquisite experience chronicles the life and times of Christian Dior, both the man himself and the company as a whole. A new scenographic narrative encapsulates more than 70 years of history, all brought to life and imagined by Mr. Dior himself.
The exhibition features countless pieces from the Dior archive, from conception to completion, such as sketches, fabric swatches, and prototypes to the finished product. There is something to be seen around every corner.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams opens with a journey from Paris to New York, when Mr. Dior flew to America in September 1947, establishing his stateside subsidiary a year later. Some of his earliest haute couture creations are seen along this portion of the journey, which provides a look into the mind of a creative genius.
A Journey Through Art & Fashion
From there, the exhibition celebrates many other moments in Dior’s history. There are odes to some of the most celebrated American photographers, showcasing iconic prints of the past and present, all of which captured Dior’s flamboyant silhouettes as well as the creations of his successors.
Speaking of successors, a large part of the exhibit showcases the visions and works of Dior’s Artistic Directors, from Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano (who can forget his iconic newsprint), and Raf Simons to the beloved Maria Grazia Chiuri. There are dresses that have been worn by some of the most cherished actresses of all time, from Grace Kelly to Jennifer Lawrence, and other magical pieces around every corner.
From art to fashion and a dream that began with one man, Christian Dior: Designer Of Dreams is a magical exploration of art and fashion, and it is a must-see if you’re in or visiting New York this fall. See more from the experience below, all photos courtesy of Dior.