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The Brooklyn Museum’s Dazzling Dior Exhibit Is An Absolute Dream, & It’s Now Open

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

The Brooklyn Museum’s Dazzling Dior Exhibit Is An Absolute Dream, & It’s Now Open

Learn everything you wanted to know about iconic designer Christian Dior…and see some absolutely stunning dresses along the way!

The Brooklyn Museum opened a Dior-centered exhibit in September, titled “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.”

The exhibit is a must-visit for fashion lovers, as it features over 200 haute couture garments as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, and accessories, and features works from the Museum’s collection! Most items come directly from the Dior archives, and here’s a sneak preview into some of the gorgeous installations:

Installation view, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photo: Paul Vu)
Installation view, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photo: Paul Vu)
Installation view, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photo: Paul Vu)
Installation view, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photo: Paul Vu)
Installation view, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photo: Paul Vu)
Installation view, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photo: Paul Vu)
Installation view, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photo: Paul Vu)
Installation view, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photo: Paul Vu)

Following the life of Christian and the history of the House of Dior, the exhibition sheds light on the renowned designer’s many inspirations, as well as the work of his six successors.

Some notable highlights from the exhibit include the “Colorama” display of Dior accessories

Installation view, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photo: Paul Vu)
Installation view, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photo: Paul Vu)
Installation view, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Brooklyn Museum, September 10, 2021–February 20, 2022. (Photo: Paul Vu)

Along with:

  • 18th-century-inspired gowns
  • Gallery of toiles (the full-scale, 3-D mockups used to confirm finished designs) showcasing the dressmaking process
  • An enchanting garden in the the central atrium of their Beaux-Arts Court
  • Gallery celebrating the dresses worn by stars from Grace Kelly to Jennifer Lawrence

Read more on their website here!

And don’t forget, on display at the Brooklyn Museum are the beloved Obama portraits!

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