Texas is once again playing host to Dior. Specifically to Dior: From Paris to the World, an exhibition that follows the history of the exalted Parisian house, opens this week at the Dallas Museum of Art. It features legendary styles from founder Christian Dior himself, naturally, to current Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s spring ‘19 haute couture collection.
It’s actually fitting that Chiuri’s haute couture line – inspired by circus shows from the Victorian era – would find a home in Texas: she had in fact presented a high-fashion take on the cowboy boot, done in a glittery finish, with red and blue stars and accents that nod to classic Americana style.
The collection displayed in Dallas includes more than 200 pieces in total, including prototypes from the atelier, photographs, sketches, and never-before seen film footage.
Visitors will also find an immersive experience by architect Shohei Shigematsu, 15 thematic spaces that span the Dior artistry throughout its history, as well as the creative directors who built its legacy. Some of the classic designs are teamed with other artistic mediums, including a John Galliano with a South American religious painting, and a Raf Simons with a painting by Sterling Ruby that inspired his first show with Dior.
An apt footnote to the exhibition is a dedication to Dior’s fashion show in Dallas in 1947, where he presented his H line and received the “Oscar” of fashion from Neiman Marcus.
“I was in the midst of working for my second collection when I received a letter from the house of Neiman Marcus inviting me to come to Dallas to receive an Oscar,” Dior wrote in his memoir. “Re-reading the letter, I discovered that the Oscar had been instituted during the war and this was the first time it had been awarded to a French couturier. I had won this honor with my very first collection.”
Dior: From Paris to the World runs now through September 1 at the Dallas Museum of Art.