Denver Art Museum To Debut First Major U.S. Retrospective Of The House Of Dior

Dior: From Paris to the World will celebrate more than 70 years of the French house’s enduring legacy

Soon to open to the public, The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will be home to the U.S. presentation of Dior: From Paris to the World, an exhibition surveying more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s enduring legacy and its global influence. A selection of more than 200 haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos, and other archival material, will trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house. The DAM’s presentation of Dior: From Paris to the World will be on view in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on level two of the Hamilton Building.DAM-logo-horizontal-green

Christian Dior generated a revolution in Paris and around the globe after World War II in 1947 with his New Look collection. Dior, the art gallerist who became a celebrated couturier, completely shed the masculine silhouette that had been established during the war, expressing modern femininity with his debut collection. Dior’s sophisticated designs, featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts, and nipped waists, drew on his inspirations of art, antiques, fashion illustration and his passion for gardening. The result was elegant feminine contours that brought a breath of fresh air to the fashion world through luxurious swaths of fabrics, revolutionary design, and lavish embroidery. This marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.

Christian Dior with models, about 1955. Photo André Gandner. © Clémence Gandner

Christian Dior with models, about 1955. Photo André Gandner. © Clémence Gandner

The museum will mount this major exhibition with loans from the esteemed Dior Héritage Collection, many of which have rarely been seen outside of Europe, with additional loans from major institutions. The chronological presentation, showcasing pivotal themes in the House of Dior’s global history, will focus on how Christian Dior cemented his fashion house’s reputation within a decade and established the house on five continents—Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Dior: From Paris to the World also will highlight how his successors adeptly incorporated their own design aesthetic.

Christian Dior, Bobby suit, Autumn-Winter 1956 Haute Couture collection. Courtesy of Christian Dior Couture Archives.

Christian Dior, Bobby suit, Autumn-Winter 1956 Haute Couture collection. Courtesy of Christian Dior Couture Archives.

Dior: From Paris to the World also will profile its founder, Christian Dior, and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves-Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015) and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), who have carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century.

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Gianfranco Ferré, Robe Hellébore, Dior Collection Haute Couture, Spring 1995. Photo ©Paolo Roversi/Art + Commerce.

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Christian Dior, Bar suit. Afternoon ensemble in shantung and pleated wool, Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1947, Corolle line. Dior Héritage collection, Paris. ©Laziz Hamani.

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Yves Saint Laurent for Christian Dior, Banco. Haute couture Spring-Summer 1958, Trapèze line. Smock dress in faille with a peony print. Dior Héritage Collection, Paris; Inv. 1998.2. ©Laziz Hamani.

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Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, Pollock dress. Long printed faille evening gown. Haute Couture Fall-Winter 1986. Dior Héritage collection, Paris Inv. 2015.450 ©Laziz Hamani.

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Create Holiday Magic in the Caribbean and Mexico with The Ritz-Carlton

For those looking to make “the most wonderful time of the year” even more special, the Caribbean and Mexico hotels and resorts of The Ritz-Carlton offer an array of invitingly festive experiences. With brand-new offerings such as a frankincense and myrrh manicure/pedicure, story time and s’mores by a beachside fire pit, and a romantic holiday hike for two – as well as tried-and-true traditions – travelers have many enticing options for enjoying the season with The Ritz-Carlton luxury hotels and resorts in Aruba, Cancun, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, and St. Thomas.

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Palm trees decorated with Christmas garland night (Image courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton)

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba
There may not be snow in Aruba, but there is plenty of sand along the stunning, divi-divi-tree-dotted beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. The luxury beach resort has alluring, holiday-themed treatments at The Ritz-Carlton spa, including a Cranberry Pomegranate Body Treatment or Pumpkin Spice Hydrating Facial, as well as an Organic Cinnamon Manicure or Organic Peppermint Pedicure. For guests looking for the ultimate mashup of relaxation, poolside spa treatments include foot massages, cold-stone back massages, and foot scrubs with Moroccan oil. Families who escape to the resort for the holidays can experience an island-style winter with a “sandman” competition on the beach for kids on December 24, or can explore their creativity with a cookie-decorating competition. On December 25, holiday art studio or gingerbread house decorating experiences offer guests a way to express their seasonal spirit.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
In the truest spirit of the Christmas holiday, The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, welcome and witness Santa arriving in the hotel’s atrium – including snow falling gently from the ninth floor to the fourth floor. Festive music and holiday treats will be on hand as Santa mixes and mingles with all the girls and boys who come to see him. Younger guests can also tap into their inner pastry-chef-to-be with gingerbread baking and decorating, and enjoy the fruits of their labors with iced cookies when the event is finished.trc-primary-small-blk3-rgb-tn

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Area residents and hotel guests are warmly invited to celebrate Festive Season at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, enjoying treasured events which include Christmas feasts, the delightful traditions of Gingerbread Man Tea and Yule Log Making, and a fabulous New Year’s Eve Ball capped by fireworks.

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The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan
In Puerto Rico, where the holiday spirit sizzles like the island’s famed enchanted rhythms and flavors, The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan features a beautiful and large Christmas tree decorated with hand-painted masterpieces from the youngest guests. On December 28, a family barbecue on the beach offer ladies and gentlemen an evening that pairs al-fresco island culinary delights with ultra-relaxing, warm ocean breezes and a shimmering, starry sky. Culminating the festive spirit of the season is the “Cirque del Caribe” experience on December 31, where guests can ring in the New Year in Caribbean style, with live entertainment, high-energy carnival performances, a sumptuous buffet and fine cocktails – while younger guests can explore a playful corner with fun activities and a magician.
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The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay to Host Inaugural “Nothing Ordinary” Food & Wine Festival

Eight Chefs from Eight Countries will present a Three-Day Culinary Extravaganza, Showcasing Exceptional Creativity, Drama and Entertainment for Discerning Diners and Guests.

The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay will host the “Nothing Ordinary” Food & Wine Festival, an exceptional epicurean showcase to be held from December 10 to 13, 2015. The premier gourmet event will feature experts from world-famous wineries and distilleries, as well as eight globally renowned professional chefs, including The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Executive Chef Xavier Salomon, only the second in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to earn the title Maître Cuisinier de France (French Master Chef). The chefs will converge in Sanya to create an exquisite contemporary dining extravaganza, delivering a perfect fusion of culinary craftsmanship, creative concepts, drama, and entertainment, to forge truly unique and unforgettable memories for discerning diners and guests.

Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay (Hainan). Pristine beaches, rainforests and the clear South China Sea.

Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay (Hainan, China). Pristine beaches, rainforests and the clear South China Sea.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Executive Chef Xavier Salomon, and only the second in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to earn the title Maître Cuisinier de France (French Master Chef).

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay Executive Chef Xavier Salomon, and only the second in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company to earn the title Maître Cuisinier de France (French Master Chef).

The “Nothing Ordinary” Food & Wine Festival is set to bring an extraordinary experience, while adhering to the essence of a traditional food and wine festival. The event encompasses master events that should not be missed: Sand Castle Wine Tasting, Guest Chefs in Command, Sweet Meets Sweet – Champagne Pairing with Dessert Samplings, Tropical Paradise Picnic, Master Class Brews & BBQ, Be A Chef – Local Fresh Market Tour with Guest Chefs and Nothing Ordinary Grand Dinner Tasting.

In addition to indulging your taste buds, the event will be infused with an emotional touch – to leave guests with lasting memories. The hotel will first create a sand castle for the wine tasting component, to be located alongside the pristine shores of Yalong Bay facing the grandeur of the South China Sea. Dressed in tailor-made classic and local fusion costumes, experts from world class wineries and top sommeliers will showcase their superb wine tasting skills. They will also share their comprehensive understanding of wine tasting through intimate interactions with guests.

Lagoon room deck

Lagoon room deck

Long corridor in the lobby

Long corridor in the lobby

Luxury Villas in Sanya - The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay

Luxury Villas in Sanya – The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay

In the evening, each guest chef will take the helm at one of the hotel’s restaurants and inspire guests with innovative menus amidst luxurious and refined settings. Other highlights, which are unique to the hotel’s tropical paradise, include Be a Kung Fu Master – Taichi in Tang Style, Sweet Meets Sweet – Champagne Pairing with Dessert Samplings under the starry night, and a Tropical Paradise Picnic on this ever-romantic island. Continue reading

The Results Are In: Virtuoso® Best of the Best Awards Honor The World’s Top Hotels Of 2015

International luxury travel network Virtuoso® announced the winners of its coveted 2015 Best of the Best hotel awards this past Thursday night at the 27th annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference. The 11 winners, all participants in the renowned Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Program, include Ashford Castle in Ireland as Hotel of the Year.

Most Innovative Guest Experience: - Red Carpet Ready at The Peninsula Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, California)

Most Innovative Guest Experience: – Red Carpet Ready at The Peninsula Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills, California) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Most Innovative Guest Experience (tie): Corcovado Sunrise Picnic at Belmond Copacabana Palace (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Most Innovative Guest Experience (tie): Corcovado Sunrise Picnic at Belmond, Copacabana Palace (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Sustainable Tourism: The Brando (Arue, French Polynesia)

Sustainable Tourism: The Brando (Arue, French Polynesia)

One To Watch: Rosewood Beijing (Beijing, China)

One To Watch: Rosewood Beijing (Beijing, China)

Travel is one of the best ways to spend your free time, but you’re a busy person. You could spend hours researching hotels, cruises, tours, and flight schedules yourself, or you could turn to a professional. Virtuoso travel advisors have the connections and expertise to help you plan your next trip – and every trip. (A Bullet Point Guide To What You’ll Get Meet Your Advisor)

Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 370 agency members with more than 9,800 elite travel advisors in 30 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access

Best Family Program:  Four Reasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, Florida)

Best Family Program: Four Reasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, Florida) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Best Design: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan)

Best Design: The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Best Bar: The Connaught (London, United Kingdom)

Best Bar: The Connaught (London, United Kingdom) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

With a diverse portfolio of nearly 1,100 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in more than 100 countries, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is revered as the industry’s most prestigious hotel program. Founded in 1992, the program is also the luxury travel industry’s longest-running, with more five-star properties than any other.

Best Restaurant: Epicure, Le Bristol Paris (Paris, France)

Best Restaurant: Epicure, Le Bristol Paris (Paris, France) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Best Spa: The Dolder Grand (Zurich, Switzerland)

Best Spa: The Dolder Grand (Zurich, Switzerland) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Hotel Of The Year: Ashford Castle (County Mayo, Ireland)

Hotel Of The Year: Ashford Castle (County Mayo, Ireland) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

Hotelier of the Year: Antonio Sersale, Le Sirenuse (Positano, Italy)

Hotelier of the Year: Antonio Sersale, Le Sirenuse (Positano, Italy) (Photo Courtesy of http://www.virtuoso.com)

The Best of the Best winners were revealed during the Hotels & Resorts Dinner before more than 1,500 of luxury travel’s brightest stars.

The categories and winners are:

Hotel of the Year: Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Galway, Ireland

Hotelier of the Year: Antonio Sersale, Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy

Best Achievement in Design: The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto, Japan

Best Culinary Experience: Epicure, Le Bristol Paris, France

Best Family Program: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA

Best Spa: Dolder Grand Spa, The Dolder Grand, Zurich, Switzerland

Most Innovative Guest Experience (tie): Corcovado Experience, Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Red Carpet Ready, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, California, USA

Sustainable Tourism Leadership – Hotels: The Brando, French Polynesia

One to Watch: Rosewood Beijing, China

Virtuoso surveyed its 370 agencies and their more than 9,800 elite travel advisors to decide the Best of the Best winners in ten categories, ranging from the most innovative guest experience to top hotel and hotelier of the year. Virtuoso’s expert advisors also initially nominated exceptional hotels for the awards. Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s multi-award-winning magazine, then researched the advisor suggestions and selected final nominees in each category.

When your competitive set includes the greatest hotels in the world, being named the best within your given category is truly a feat, and we are honored to recognize these 11 winners as both exceptional standouts as well as incredible partners to the Virtuoso network,” says Albert Herrera, senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso. “Virtuoso travel advisors have exacting standards for their clients and to declare these hotels as the Best of the Best means each epitomizes the highest level of luxury hospitality. Their achievements showcase the very hallmark of this network-creating lifelong memories and enriching human connections through travel.