New Exhibit Brings Dior and Other Notable Designers to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

"Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now” explores over 70 years of fashion innovation.

Dior Exhibit Philadelphia Museum of Art


Haute couture gowns, sleek cocktail dresses and regal suits are just a few of the items on display at Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now. Running through March 3, 2019, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibit is a can’t-miss for fashionistas.

Celebrating iconic French fashion designer Christian Dior, plus many others, Fabulous Fashion explores over seven decades of innovation in a hyper-creative industry. Among the works on display: Dior’s 1947 velvet “Winged Victory” gown, Paco Rabanne’s 1966 plastic disc dress, a Chanel suit from 1972, and Geoffrey Beene’s 1994 silver lamé “Mercury” dress.

The exhibit documents the radical changes in style and the ways designers successfully pushed the boundaries. “With so many wonderful examples in the museum’s collection, the works have been selected to complement one another and encourage visitors to make connections between different eras, approaches and aesthetics,” says Kristina Haugland, the Le Vine associate curator of costume and textiles and supervising curator for the Study Room.

Featured ball gowns include one form Oscar de la Renta, plus bridal gowns from Vera Wang and Carolina Herrera, and Grace Kelly’s wedding headpiece, shoes and bride’s manual.


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