June 2021: Denver Art Museum

For our June meeting, the Colorado chapter had a field trip to the Denver Art Museum (DAM) to see the exhibit “From Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Veronique and Gregory Peck.”  Even before meeting Gregory Peck, Veronique was a fashionista; her father was an architect and her mother was an artist.

We saw couture fashions from the early 1950’s into the 1980’s; from tailored suits to couture piping renditions of the 1970’s mod fashions.  Many of the dresses were actually two-piece blouse and skirt ensembles often done in luxurious silks, but frequently made of the man-made fabrics of the time.

Veronique enjoyed fashions by Saint Laurent, Valentino, Pucci, and Thea Porter in the 1960’s and 1970’s.  By the 1980’s she added fashions by Jean-Louis Scherer and Guy Laroche.

We found ourselves critiquing the style and construction of the garments.  We commented on inadequate seam trimming above the top bound buttonhole, zipper locations, center front bust darts in the form of a center front panel, and the fact that Veronique had a slightly higher right shoulder. We enjoyed the museum’s travel through times experienced by many of us at the time.  A book about the exhibit, normally $25, is available on the web site for $10 (https://shop.denverartmuseum.org)

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