A Look into the 1950s Parisian Haute Couture Industry
I’m inviting you to a Virtual Vernissage, marking the opening of the ‘Christian Dior’ exhibition at the McCord Museum in Montreal. If you’ve missed the live event, which was on Sep. 23, 2020, don’t worry, you can watch the recording at the bottom of this article.
While the past months haven’t been easy and everyone is trying to pivot in their businesses and lives, there has been one constant that I’m loving. The fashion industry is becoming more and more open to new ways of work. This has led to multiple opportunities to ‘attend’ shows, talks, and exhibitions. It is as if the world is opening up as ironic as this might seem in today’s reality.
The discussion will be moderated by the amazing radio host Rebecca Makonnen. We’ll have the opportunity to hear from Cynthia Cooper– the Head, Collections and Research; Curator, Dress, Fashion and Textiles at the McCord Museum; Alexandra Palmer– the Senior Curator, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Curatorship at the Royal Ontario Museum and curator of the exhibition and Suzanne Sauvage– the President and Chief Executive Officer of McCord Museum.
The Christian Dior exhibition will take place from September 25th, 2020 to January 3rd,2021. This major exhibition on Christian Dior explores the brilliance behind Dior’s dramatic creations that revived the entire Parisian haute couture industry after the devastation of the Second World War.
In 1947, the opening of the new couture house and its revolutionary “New Look” swept away the wartime masculine silhouette of women. Featuring pieces drawn from the Royal Ontario Museum’s extensive collection of Christian Dior couture, complemented by a dozen garments from the McCord Museum’s Dress, Fashion and Textiles collection and loans from Dior Héritage, Paris.
The exhibition, produced by the Royal Ontario Museum of Toronto, focusses on the period from 1947 to 1957, offering a captivating insight into the creative process and the mechanics of the Parisian haute couture industry during the 1950s.
I’m excited for the discussion and for anyone far from Montreal as I am… Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to miss out on this women-power quartet giving us a sneak peek before the opening!