Denver Art Museum has opened its doors for a very special exhibition, “Dior: From Paris To The World”, that explores the history and founding origins of the Dior fashion house. Designed by Shohei Shigematsu from OMA, the display includes over 200 couture garments, artworks and artifacts, accessories, jewelry, photographs, sketches, videos, and other archival material.
This is the Dior‘s first retrospective show in the USA, scanning more than 70 years of the luxury brand legacy and studying the ideas and inspirations that have been prevalent in the history of the organization and its creative directors.
The exhibition aims to create a spatial journey through the brand’s long history of diversity and creativity. OMA’s design responds to the contemporary context of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building. The display’s materiality takes hints from the titanium cladding of the building while contrasting its stark, industrial quality by shaping the material into organic forms. Meanwhile, the spatial design is informed by the unique geometries of the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries.
The exhibition conveys curatorial themes as a series of enfilade rooms that expand and contract to fit within the irregular gallery plan. Each adjacent room is defined by aluminum panels of varying curvatures, textures and profiles that echo various signature shapes of Dior garments.
“The rawness of the aluminum creates a dramatic juxtaposition against its soft curves and provides not a direct mirror, but a subtle reflection of overall shapes and colors in the garments,” explains the design team.
“Objects shown in fashion exhibitions inherently possess a closer degree of connection to its visitors because of clothing’s commercial nature, which allows people to contemplate couture within their own imaginations on a more personal level,” explains Shohei Shigematsu, who led the exhibition’s design.
“Dior: From Paris To The World” remains on view at the Denver Art Museum through March 3, 2019.
OMA is an international practice operating within the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism. The firm is led by nine partners – Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten, Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha, Dubai, and Perth.