‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ Opens at Brooklyn Museum



‘Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams’ Exhibit offers a new look at the iconic designer’s sartorial legacy


While recent talk around town has centered on The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, just across the East River, the Brooklyn Museum has brought to life an equally (if not grander) exhibit that takes guests on a marvelous journey through the history of the iconic Dior fashion house. 

“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” is separated into two sections: an outer section chronicling the history and legacy of Dior and an interior “Enchanted Garden.” As guests enter the exhibit, they are greeted by Dior’s signature New Look, his iconic dress which features round shoulders, a voluminous skirt and cinched waistline. The look, which debute in 1946, quickly became a favorite among women worldwide. 

Afterward, catch a glimpse of collections by Dior’s successors, starting with Yves Saint Laurent, whose designs were considered provocative at the time due to their daring silhouettes. Following this is Gianfranco Ferré’s beautiful, ornate gowns situated next to John Galliano’s bold designs. Raf Simons’ dramatic beaded dresses and the collections of Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first female creative director at Dior, are also on view. Each section is complemented with art pieces from the museum’s permanent collection.

Perhaps the most magical part of the exhibit is the jaw-dropping “Enchanted Garden. Once you enter the garden, fashion and exhibition meld into one, creating an immersive experience unlike any other. Dresses float up to the ceiling while clouds and birds dance across the walls. The layout not only provides a beautiful backdrop for these pieces of art but also gives every ball gown, suit and form-fitting jacket the opportunity to be admired up close. You can get so close as to see even the smallest details, from their intricate embroidery to the trim and lace which adorn them.

“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” is on view at the Brooklyn Museum through Feb. 20, 2022. Student tickets cost $16.