The French fashion house Dior will inaugurate “Inspiration Dior,” a sprawling exhibition at Moscow’s famous Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The showcase will be open to the public from April 28 through July 24 and will feature about 120 couture dresses along with some 60 blue-chip artworks.
Among the fashion highlights there will be several recent Dior acquisitions: the 1955 Richard Avedon photo “Dovima With Elephants,” one of the most famous fashion images of all time. According to WWD, the image of Dovima, dressed in a Dior evening gown at the Cirque d’Hiver, went for 841,000 Euros, (approximately $1.1 million at current exchange rates). The striking white “New Look” dress (designed by the founder) features a waistline wrapped in trailing red ribbons, and a strand of ivy leaves snaking over one shoulder.
The exhibition will cover the entire product universe of Dior, including perfumes, leather goods, fine jewelry and watches. It goes into a broad sweep of history from the first Dior collection in 1947 to the present day. Digital renderings of one exhibition room depict neoclassic columns cut away to reveal dresses suspended inside them.
On display will also be works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Gustav Klimt, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Maurizio Cattelan and Vanessa Beecroft. Dior also commissioned Russian contemporary artist Olga Kisseleva to create a large-scale piece especially for the exhibition.
We are including some of Dior’s photos by Lillian Bassman from Harper’s Bazaar of that time. What a great opportunity for lucky girls in Moscow to see these iconic dresses in person.