DIOR, BALMAIN, SAINT LAURENT: ELEGANCE AND EASE
Mint Museum RANDOLPH
APRIL 20, 2013 - JAN 12, 2014
Christian Dior (French, 1905-1957) established Paris as the center of the world of modern haute couture. In the late 1940s, Dior’s “New Look” fashions presented small, nipped-in waistlines above full skirts which emphasized the bust and hips in these silhouettes. He selected extravagant fabrics for his dresses and gowns, and his designs soon captured the attention of prominent clients from around the world. His innovations and designs, for decades thereafter, influenced women’s fashions and the designers who created them.
Pierre Balmain (French 1914-1982), known for the elegance and movement of his formal designs, created fine, slim silhouettes for his tailored suits. He once stated that “dressmaking is the architect of movement.” Even today, Balmain’s vintage gowns are highly sought after by fashionistas across the globe.
Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008) is recognized as one of the greatest names in fashion history. He was among the first to present ready-to-wear designs, including his famous tuxedo suits for women which became a symbol of fashionable ease found in top locations throughout the world. His formal and evening fashions as well as tailored suits display his talent and ability to create impressive directions in the world of haute couture and luxury fashions.
Elegance and Ease explores the fashions of these three top Parisian designers with selections from The Mint Museum’s Fashion Collection.
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