If you haven’t yet been to the Brooklyn Museum, nestled in the borough’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, the arrival of Dior’s “Designer of Dreams” exhibition is the perfect excuse to make the trip. In a well-executed timeline of the storied maison’s history, the showcase tracks its most memorable designs following the explosion of the brand’s New Look era—some of which are being put on display for the first time.
Now open to the public, the exhibition begins by transporting visitors back to 1947 through an exclusive batch of Christian Dior’s first haute couture designs. From there, we see the brand’s climb to powerhouse status through photography and its proximity to iconic industry figures like Annie Leibovitz and David LaChapelle. It, of course, wouldn’t be a Dior party without mention of all the contributions from Mr. Dior’s successors: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
The display touches upon all the things that make the brand so distinctly Dior, like star motifs, a makeshift garden, and monochromatic moments. With sections dedicated entirely to these references, loyal fans will appreciate the showcase’s detail, while fashion newbies are in for a sharp history lesson. Ahead is a sneak peek at what you can expect. For those hoping to make the trip, the exhibition is open until February 20, 2022.
Garments being packed away in Paris before arriving in Brooklyn.
The pattern of a couture design that represents the storied maison’s bright-white atelier.
An artful depiction of Christian Dior in his atelier.
Iconic Dior silhouettes.
Examples of the brand’s iconic house codes.
Modern interpretations of Dior’s core details.
An intricate, tiered strapless gown from the exhibition’s Enchanted Garden—an homage to Christian Dior’s love for nature and flowers.
More examples of the brand’s most memorable designs.
A piece of the exhibition’s Colorama display that celebrates the standout used utilized by the brand.
As seen in photograph, Dior’s velvet column dress has ample editorial appeal.
The exhibition at a glance.
Red-carpet worthy dresses from the atelier
The evolution of the Miss Dior perfume canter.
Dior sketches and images on display at the exhibition’s entrance.
From Harper’s Bazaar US