From the red carpet to feminist fashion - House of Dior's history on exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum

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The Dior woman has evolved from red-carpet to feminist fashion over the decades. 

Brooklyn Museum incubates this evolution with an exhibition, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.

It traces the groundbreaking history and legacy of the House of Dior. The exhibition brings to life Dior's many sources of inspiration—from the splendour of flowers and other natural forms to classical and contemporary art.

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Senior curator of fashion at Brooklyn Museum, Matthew Yokobosky, says today, fashion is thought of as the red carpet, a time when many people who don't really like fashion are paying attention.

With that said, it is expected for celebrities to be on the red carpet in something from Dior.

"In the exhibition, we have the history of the House of Dior. There are also particular sections about celebrities that wore Dior," he says.

The haute couture on view exemplifies many of the French couturier’s fabled silhouettes, including the “New Look,” which debuted in 1947.

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Christian Dior (1905-57), Bar Suit, Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 1947, Carolle Line on display at a press conference for the Christian Dior: Designer Of Dreams exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum on October 17, 2018 in London, England. Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images

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Matthew says Dior's creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, looks at the house more from a feminist perspective.

"So, instead of having the hips and waist, the jacket is more loose and unbuttoned, and underneath it, you are wearing a t-shirt that says, 'we should all be feminists' so it is a lot more political today, but the DNA of Dior is evident in today's designs," Matthew adds.

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With objects drawn primarily from the Dior archives, the exhibition includes a vast array of over two hundred haute couture garments as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, accessories, and works from the Museum’s collection. 

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Tamu McPherson wears a beige and brown print pattern silk shirt from Dior, a matching brown and beige print pattern silk skirt from Dior, a beige long coat, a white with navy blue medium Dior Vibe zip Bowling handbag from Dior, black and white houndstooth print pattern pointed JAdior pumps heels shoes, outside Dior during Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2022 in Paris, France. Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Additional source: Brooklyn Museum

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