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Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now
October 16, 2018 - March 3, 2019
Dress, 1994, designed by Pierre Cardin © Archives Pierre Cardin
Featuring designs by Pierre Cardin, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Oscar de la Renta, Geoffrey Beene, and more
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Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now
October 16, 2018 - March 3, 2019

Haute in Philadelphia

Experience the drama and glamour of some of the most creative feminine fashions ever designed, from romantic ball gowns to audacious contemporary ensembles, and everything in between. See how designers have used color and pattern, shape and volume, draping, metallics, and embellishments to continually reinvent the art form. The pieces in the exhibition—daywear, bridal wear, and more—showcase the Museum’s outstanding costume collection. Many are on view for the first time.

Watch: Fabulous Fashion

Learn what’s so inspiring about Fabulous Fashion from curator Kristina Haugland, designer Dom Streater, and Philadelphia Style’s Kristin Detterline.

​Video produced by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2018


This exhibition has been made possible by The Annenberg Foundation Fund for Major Exhibitions, The Kathleen C. and John J. F. Sherrerd Fund for Exhibitions, The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Exhibition Fund, Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, The Davenport Family Foundation, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Fund for Special Exhibitions, Amy A. Fox and Daniel H. Wheeler, Augusta Y. Leininger, Lyn M. Ross, and an anonymous donor. Additional support was provided by Annette Y. Friedland.


Kristina Haugland, the Le Vine Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles and Supervising Curator for the Study Room


Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor