While recent discussions around the city have focused on the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, just across the East River, the Brooklyn Museum has brought an equally (if not grander) exhibit to life. which takes guests on a wonderful journey through the history of the iconic Dior fashion house.
“Christian Dior: Creator of dreams” is separated into two sections: an exterior section retracing the history and heritage of Dior and an interior “Enchanted Garden”. As guests enter the exhibit, they are greeted by Dior’s signature New Look, her iconic dress that features round shoulders, a voluminous skirt and a cinched waist. The look, which debuted in 1946, quickly became a favorite among women around the world.
Then take a look at the collections of Dior’s successors, starting with Yves Saint Laurent, whose designs were considered provocative at the time due to their bold silhouettes. Next come the beautiful ornate dresses by Gianfranco Ferré located next to the daring creations of John Galliano. The dramatic beaded dresses by Raf Simons and the collections of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s first female creative director, are also in the spotlight. Each section is complemented by works of art from the museum’s permanent collection.
Perhaps the most magical part of the exhibition is the breathtaking “Enchanted Garden.“ Once you step into the garden, the fashion and the exhibition merge into one, creating an immersive experience like no other. Dresses float up to the ceiling as clouds and birds dance on the walls. The layout not only provides a beautiful backdrop for these works of art, but also gives every fitted ball gown, suit and jacket the chance to be admired up close. You can get so close that even the smallest details, from their intricate embroidery to the trims and lace adorning them.
“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” is on view at the Brooklyn Museum until February 20, 2022. Student tickets cost $ 16.