Happy Friday, my friends! Finally I’ve had a moment to sit and share with you the glorious morning I spent with my daughter, Heather, visiting the Dior exhibit at Philadelphia Museum of Art.
First, to simply call it a “Dior” exhibit is not to do it justice. Designers of every decade, country, and flavor were represented throughout the displays. Heather and I both, being the total fashionistas we both are, were awestruck from moment one with the mastery and artistry that surrounded us at every turn.
I’ll try to say very little here, but primarily let the pictures speak for themselves…
When we entered they ran a small film on the history of Dior and fashion. I captured a few screen shots for you. Note the difference from the beginning in those lovely pencil skirts as time moved forward into the daring hi-low ruffled formal gown. The progression and changes over time throughout the exhibit were fascinating – and especially to observe how many things have come full-circle and are once again in vogue.
Totally fell in love with this pink suit – not that I’d turn down the gold dress either!
So many shoes and purses to fall in love with! Look how fun and whimsical so many of them are – but, don’t miss the craftsmanship and creativity that went into these amazing pieces!
With my love of color and fun, unique pieces, this was one of my favorite displays! The first dress on this lower display, which some of you fellow design junkies may immediately recognize as an Emilio Pucci, was by far one of my favorite pieces in the exhibit. I really thought they should let me take it home with me, but for some reason, they disagreed! Go figure!
After such a brilliant display of color, we were immediately met with this strong contrast of beautiful metallic gowns! Heather fell in love with just about everyone of these! (And, of course, she would have looked amazing in any of them!)
As you can see there was no shortage of evening gowns, but easily one of mine and Heather’s favorites, was this stunning gold “juniors” evening dress from 1953 designed by Anne Fogarty. As the card informed us, the designer herself wore the gown to receive an award for her designs. The gown features an 18-in. waist which exemplified her vision of femininity as described in her 1959 book Wife Dressing: The Art of Being a Well-Dressed Wife. (I would love to get my hands on a copy of that book!)
As we were nearing the end of the exhibit, you can see that more modern looks began to come into play, starting with a lovely Chanel suit – always in style – and ending here at the bottom with a fabulous red evening gown designed for the punk rock movement with a rip and tear effect in the back.
The highlight of the exhibit, as you were leaving, was this incredible display of Grace Kelly’s wedding ensemble! According to the placards, it only occasionally travels with the exhibit because of the delicateness of the pieces. It was an amazing and very special thing to see. Definitely a gown fit for a princess!
As enjoyable as the pictures are to look at, they just don’t do justice to seeing those pieces in person – being able to look at the fabrics and colors, and appreciate the masterful craftsmanship and artistry that went into each and every item displayed there.
This IS a traveling exhibit and if, by chance, it wanders into your area, it is worth the cost of admission to spend a few hours appreciating the art that is fashion!
Until We Meet Again,