Dior retrospective ‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ makes U.S. debut at Denver Art Museum

November 9, 2018

The following is a press release from the Denver Art Museum:

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will be home to the U.S. presentation of Dior: From Paris to the World, an exhibition surveying more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house. Dior: From Paris to the World also will profile its founder, Christian Dior, and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves-Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015) and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), who have carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

Dior: From Paris to the World also will highlight North and South American patrons’ vital role in helping establish the House of Dior’s global presence. Organized by the DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, the exhibition will be on view from Nov. 19, 2018 to March 3, 2019, and designed by Shohei Shigematsu, OMA Partner and Director of the global firm’s New York office. The more than 70-year Dior retrospective will offer a new vision on the fashion house’s legacy following the 2017 to 2018 Paris exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Dior: From Paris to the World will give our visitors insight into the House of Dior’s creative process and inspirations that contributed to its unparalleled impact on the fashion world, which continues to reverberate today,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “This exhibition will encourage audiences to think differently about the boundaries of fashion as art, and advance the museum’s commitment to taking viewers behind the scenes to reveal Dior’s imaginative and innovative endeavors.”

Christian Dior generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II in 1947 with his New Look collection. Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, completely shed the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war, expressing modern femininity with his debut collection. Dior’s sophisticated designs, featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts and nipped waists, drew on his inspirations of art, antiques, fashion illustration and his passion for gardening. The result was elegant feminine contours that brought a breath of fresh air to the fashion world through luxurious swaths of fabrics, revolutionary design and lavish embroidery. This marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.

The museum will mount this major exhibition with loans from the esteemed Dior Héritage Collection, many of which have rarely been seen outside of Europe, with additional loans from major institutions. The chronological presentation, showcasing pivotal themes in the House of Dior’s global history, will focus on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house’s reputation within a decade and established the house on five continents—Africa, AsiaEuropeNorth Americaand South AmericaDior: From Paris to the World also will highlight how his successors adeptly incorporated their own design aesthetic.

“Artistic interpretation has always been a key factor to the House of Dior’s success in creating a global legacy for the French haute couture house,” said curator Müller. “Each one of the artistic directors has accomplished this during their tenure and through their visions. Visitors will witness this through thematic exhibition sections, and will also begin to understand how the Americas contributed to the success of the house over a seven decade period.”

North and South American patrons were essential to establishing the House of Dior’s international prestige, especially after World War II when designers in Paris were looking to reestablish the city as the epicenter of creativity and design. Dior accomplished this by founding locations in countries such as the U.S., MexicoVenezuela and Chile. Locations central to building its reputation in the U.S. included New YorkLos AngelesDallas and Chicago, following Christian Dior’s invitation to tour the country after being presented the esteemed Neiman Marcus award. Americans welcomed avant-garde fashion and culture during this time period, taking an interest in Dior’s extravagant designs. Notable clients at the time included famed actresses Marilyn MonroeRita Hayworth and Elizabeth Taylor.

Visitors also will be able to delight in seeing the exquisite technique of the Dior atelier in a dramatic visual display presenting a glimpse into this secret world, including sketches, toiles, dress patterns and the intricate process of embroidery. The atelier represents the heart of the house where seamstresses work with Dior’s creative directors to collaboratively bring couture to life as art, with the goal of making women more beautiful and therefore happier—which was Christian Dior’s ultimate dream as a couturier.

Internationally renowned architect Shohei Shigematsu, also known for his work designing the critically acclaimed 2015 Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will oversee the exhibition design, building off of the bold architecture of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building to showcase the House of Dior’s innovative haute couture.

The DAM’s presentation of Dior: From Paris to the World will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building. Individual tickets are now available by visiting the museum’s website at www.DenverArtMuseum.org. Group ticket sales are available for reservations of 10 or more. To book a group, please email [email protected] or call 720-913-0088.

Exclusive VIP hotel packages also are available for those traveling to Denver, which feature skip-the-line tickets. The DAM and VISIT DENVER, the city of Denver’s convention and visitors bureau, have created www.DiorinDenver.com to offer 12 exclusive hotel packages, which include:

  • Grand Hyatt Denver
  • Halcyon – a Hotel in Cherry Creek
  • Hotel Teatro
  • Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
  • Kimpton Hotel Born Denver
  • Le Méridien Denver Downtown
  • Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
  • the ART, a hotel
  • The Jacquard Hotel & Rooftop
  • The Ramble Hotel
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Denver
  • The Westin Denver Downtown

Dior: From Paris to the World is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is generously presented by Joy and Chris Dinsdale. Additional funding is provided by Bridget and John Grier, Swarovski, Denver Agency, Nancy Lake Benson, John Brooks Incorporated, the Fine Arts Foundation, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, the Textile and Fashion Circle and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Special thanks to the Avenir Foundation for its support of the department of textile art and fashion. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight and The Denver Post.

2017 Fantastic Fest: Satellite offshoots added in New York, San Francisco, Denver

September 1, 2017

Fantastic Fest 2017 LOGO

The following is a press release from Fantastic Fest:

Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the creation of a trio of ‘satellites’ hitting three flagship Alamo Drafthouse theater locations: New York, San Francisco and Denver. Spanning the weekend of September 29 to October 1, these satellites will share a highly-curated selection of Fantastic Fest’s signature programming with audiences who crave the best in adventurous genre cinema from across the world.

“For too long Austin has had all the Fantastic fun,” said Fantastic Fest Creative Director, Evrim Ersoy. “We’ve long wanted to share these brilliant films with the widest audience possible, by opening up these three satellites it’s our first step in expanding their exposure and having them embraced by new audiences.”

This year’s slate of satellite films share the the DNA and lineage of programming that has helped Fantastic Fest become the largest genre film festival in the U.S. and be dubbed “America’s wildest film festival” by The Guardian. Highlights include S. Craig Zahler’s Venice Festival debutante BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99, Takashi Miike’s deliriously violent 100th film BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL, MY FRIEND DAHMER, Marc Myers’ powerful adaptation of the celebrated graphic novel and a super secret, mystery movie courtesy of American Genre FIlm Archive that has to be seen to be believed.

Tickets for these shows will go on sale Wednesday September 7th at 1pm EST. A limited number of badges for the San Francisco Fantastic Fest will go on sale today at 12pm PST.

New York Fantastic Fest – Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn
AGFA Presents: Mystery Movie
Blade of the Immortal
Brawl In Cell Block 99
My Friend Dahmer
Top Knot Detective

San Francisco Fantastic Fest – Alamo Drafthouse Mission
AGFA Presents: Mystery Movie
Brawl In Cell Block 99
My Friend Dahmer
The Square
Top Knot Detective

Denver Fantastic Fest – Alamo Drafthouse Denver- Sloan Lake
AGFA Presents: Mystery Movie
Blade of the Immortal
Brawl In Cell Block 99
My Friend Dahmer
The Square
Top Knot Detective

Hilton Garden Inn to open in Denver and Oxfordshire, England, in 2018

March 30, 2017

Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford
Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford (Rendering courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn)

The following are excerpts from press releases:

Hilton has signed a franchise agreement with Abingdon Lodge Hotel Ltd, a subsidiary of Esher based ,Coldunell Ltd, to open a Hilton Garden Inn, Abingdon Oxford in England. The existing Oxford Abingdon Hotel will undergo a comprehensive redevelopment, increasing the number of guest rooms by over 100 percent through a new four-story extension. The 150-guest-room hotel is expected to open in summer 2018 when the extension, which will include a new lounge bar, restaurant, function rooms and fitness centre, is due for completion. The existing hotel will remain open throughout the extension works, and current bedrooms will be fully renovated when the new wing is complete.

Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford joins 100 Hilton Garden Inn properties trading or under development in Europe. Founded in 1959, Coldunell Ltd owns five hotels in the UK. The Oxford Abingdon Hotel’s conversion to Hilton Garden Inn is part of a wider plan to improve Coldunell’s current portfolio of hotels. Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford will be situated on Marcham Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1TZ.

Meanwhile, Davidson Hotels & Resorts has announced  the addition of the 233-room Hilton Garden Inn Denver Union Station, projected to open in 2018. Located in the Union Station Neighborhood, connecting the Lower Downtown (LoDo) entertainment district to the Central Platte Valley, the Hilton Garden Inn will be steps away from Union Station; Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies; Denver’s Central Business District; and other attractions, including the 16th Street Mall, Larimer Square, Denver Art Museum, Pepsi Center and the Colorado Convention Center.

The Hilton Garden Inn at Denver Union Station will leverage the current trend of adaptive reuse of historic buildings, opening a one-of-a-kind restaurant concept in the repurposed Hose Company #1 fire station, one of the city’s oldest and most unique landmarks, adjoining the newly constructed hotel. The restaurant will not only lend an eclectic vibe to the hotel, but will become an iconic neighborhood dining venue. The hotel will also feature over 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space, heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and two levels of underground parking. The newly opened East Rail line operating between Union Station and DenverInternational Airport will allow guests of the Hilton Garden Inn to take advantage of a stress-free, 35-minute train ride to and from the hotel.


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