Avenir Museum looking for Dior pieces to add to its collection

Story by Doreen Beard

We adore Dior!

The Avenir Museum is looking to expand its holdings of apparel and accessories by French couturier Christian Dior (1905-1957), particularly garments of his New Look style from 1947 to the mid-1950s.

A Christian Dior label from New York Inc.
The Avenir Museum would like to hear from anyone who may have Dior to donate!

Do you have Dior to donate? Designer garments are a wonderful resource for CSU Design and Merchandising students to learn about the history of high-end couture and ready-to-wear fashion, and the House of Dior is an important part of this story.

A teal colored, early 1950s dress by Christian Dior.
This early 1950s dress (Avenir Museum #86.16.14) is a wonderful example of the “New Look” silhouette of mid-20th century elegance, popularized by French couturier Christian Dior.

The Avenir Museum’s Fall 2018 exhibition Dior’s New Look in the Everyday American Closet (August 6, 2018 – January 4, 2019) will feature objects from the museum collection that are not Dior brand, but represent the pervasive influence on fashion of Dior’s New Look silhouette (such as the 1950s dress pictured here). The Avenir exhibition will complement the Denver Art Museum’s upcoming exhibit Dior: From Paris to the World, which will be on view from November 19, 2018, to March 3, 2019.

Do you also adore Dior? Is there a Dior label dress or suit in your closet that deserves appreciation from other Dior fans? Fill out our Artifact Donation Form   and support the Avenir Museum mission to educate the students of CSU as well as our regional community. Your Dior donations may be featured in an Avenir Museum Spring 2019 exhibition that will

A Christian Dior label.
The Avenir Museum would like to hear from anyone who may have Dior to donate!

continue the Colorado celebration of this influential designer; and, these treasured objects will be studied regularly in classes where apparel design students experience first-hand the beauty and skill of the House of Dior.

The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is part of the Department of Design and Merchandising in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.



CSU University Communications Staff