Dior retrospective coming to Brooklyn Museum in September

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Dior's legendary "New Look," from 1947, revolutionized the codes of femininity at the time, and continues to influence designers around the world today.

From September, the Brooklyn Museum will present a major retrospective dedicated to the House of Dior. As well as tracing the history of one of the world's most renowned fashion houses and exploring its legacy, the show will pay tribute to the links forged between Paris and New York by the famous French couturier. A date for your diaries!

As museums around the world gradually start to reopen after a year of almost no activity, many are going all out to offer five-star exhibitions as they get back in action. This fall, the Brooklyn Museum will present a major retrospective of the House of Dior -- the first major New York exhibition dedicated to the French fashion house in nearly a quarter of a century.

Through a multitude of the museum's works, often juxtaposed with couture and ready-to-wear pieces, the Brooklyn Museum aims to trace more than seven decades of Dior's history and legacy, while honoring the ties forged between Paris and New York through fashion. Works from the Brooklyn Museum's collection will be displayed alongside more than 200 haute couture garments, as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, accessories and fragrances.

Staged in the museum's Beaux-Arts Court, the "Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams" retrospective will draw on several major Dior exhibitions, held at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, in 2017, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in 2019, and the Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, in 2020. The show will evidently pay homage to the work of the French fashion designer, Christian Dior, but will also celebrate his successors and their influences, from Yves Saint Laurent to Maria Grazia Chiuri, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano and Raf Simons.

Must-see silhouettes in the retrospective evidently include the legendary "New Look" of 1947, which completely revolutionized the codes of femininity at the time, and which continues to influence designers around the world today. It is, in fact, the iconic Bar suit that is spotlighted on the poster for this New York retrospective.

In addition, the Brooklyn Museum will pay tribute to those working behind the scenes in Dior's ateliers, and will focus on the French fashion house's major inspirations, from flowers -- one of Christian Dior's passions -- to classical and contemporary art. Moreover, the central atrium of the Beaux-Arts Court will be completely redesigned as an enchanted garden. Visitors will also be able to discover many celebrated dresses worn by movie stars.

"Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams" runs September 10, 2021, to February 20, 2022.
Tickets go on sale from June 17.

Christelle Pellissier

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