by Stephen Garner

Dior hosted a beautiful cocktail event for the opening of its Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum on Wednesday night. Guests included Dior artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, Lorde, Kristin Davis, Kacey Musgraves, Jordan Alexander, Swizz Beatz, ASAP Ferg, Victor Cruz, and many more.

Following the exhibition’s success at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is being reinvented as seen through the eyes of curator Florence Müller in collaboration with Matthew Yokobosky.

The exhibition takes guests through the creations of the brand’s successive artistic directors, showcased with respect to art history: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri. In a new scenographic narrative – featuring several silhouettes on display for the first time – presented alongside works from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection – this event completely transforms the site’s magnificent Beaux-Arts Court – designed by McKim, Mead, and White in 1893.

The exhibition opens with a journey through time and space – Paris to New York – from 30 Avenue Montaigne to the cosmopolitan heart of the United States, with which Dior has forged a long and enduring friendship. Dior’s earliest haute couture creations – some of which have never been revealed to the general public before – interact with exceptional pieces, a striking encounter between Dior’s unique heritage and the Brooklyn Museum’s rich collections. Models from the Corolle and En Huit lines are displayed alongside paintings, including a work by Paul-César Helleu4, one of Monsieur Dior’s favorite artists.

From painting to the decisive moment: a dedicated space celebrates American masters of photography. Richard Avedon’s iconic photograph, Dovima and the Elephants, is surrounded by an array of captivating prints, past and present. Among these great names and talents, Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, Henry Clarke, Lillian Bassman, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, William Klein, Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, and David Lachapelle all captured the founding couturier’s flamboyant silhouettes and those of his successors; an inclusive collection that transcends borders, eras, and styles.

The House’s multiple sources of inspiration – from Versailles to the splendor of flowers – are on display, while the Colorama, a magical cabinet of curiosities brimming with chromatic nuances, reveals the essential role of Dior accessories, from makeup to perfumes, including hats by Stephen Jones. The must-see toile room, a tribute to the Ateliers, showcases the excellence of Dior’s petites mains. In a final magical touch, the central vault has been redesigned as an enchanted garden with a sky constellated by stars – an echo of Christian Dior’s lucky star. Visitors may also discover dresses that have graced the most dazzling actresses, from Grace Kelly to Jennifer Lawrence. The American dream meets the Dior dream, from art to fashion.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is on view from September 10th, 2021 to February 20th, 2022.