Dior: From Paris to the World

May 19, 2019 to September 1, 2019 | Barrel Vault
Gianfranco Ferré, Robe Hellébore, Dior Collection Haute Couture, Spring 1995. Photo ©Paolo Roversi/Art + CommerceChristian Dior draping fabric over model Sylvie, 1948. Courtesy of Christian Dior.Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior. Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018. “Dior Red” ball gown in tiered tulle fans, after the design Francis PoulencPortrait of Gianfranco Ferre, about 1990Marc Bohan adjusting a toile over a modelThe façade of 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris, about 1947. Photograph by Willy Maywald. © Association Willy MaywaldADAGP, Paris 2018

Since his debut collection, art gallerist turned legendary couturier Christian Dior has generated an epic movement in fashion history. With lavish embroidery, luxurious fabrics, and elegant silhouettes, his designs were a revolutionary celebration of modern femininity when they emerged in Paris after World War II. Today, Dior’s global influence is as enduring and iconic as ever. Dior: From Paris to the World surveys more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s legacy, featuring a dynamic selection of over 100 haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos, and other archival material. This exhibition profiles both Dior himself and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015), and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), all of whom have carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

Dior: From Paris to the World requires a $20 ticket for adults Tuesday–Thursday, and a $25 ticket for adults Friday–Sunday, with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free.

Tickets for Dior: From Paris to the World will go on sale to the public on April 15. DMA Members will have access to a pre-sale to reserve their free tickets.

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Gallery Talk: Dior's New Look

Wednesday, June 5, 12:15 p.m

When Christian Dior unveiled his New Look in 1947, he introduced his own unique vision of femininity for the postwar era. Join Annette Becker, Director of the Texas Fashion Collection, for a talk about what defined Dior's New Look and his "top to toe" approach to design. 


Late Night Film: Dior and I

Friday, July 19, 9:00 p.m.

Frédéric Tcheng's 2015 documentary Dior and I provides an exclusive look inside the Dior atelier as new artistic director Raf Simons designs his first haute couture collection. 


Live Podcast: The Golden Age of Haute Couture with Dressed

Friday, August 16, 9:00 p.m.

When Christian Dior unveiled his New Look in 1947, he kicked off what would be known as a golden age of couture. Join April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary from the podcast Dressed for a live episode about what made this era of fashion design so iconic and who the key players were.


Exhibition Talk: Dior

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 p.m.

Fashion historian Amber Butchart will discuss the ways in which fashion designers past and present have taken inspiration from the world around them. Drawing on fashion history, art, nature, and pop culture, Butchart will explore the nature of innovation and reveal threads that connect decades of fashion design.