The Richard Blackwell Gallery

Current Exhibition: August 6, 2018 – January 4, 2019

Dior's 'New Look' in the Everyday American Closet


French couturier Christian Dior (1905-1957) was one of the most influential fashion designers of the twentieth century. His 'New Look' debuted in 1947; its feminine silhouette and voluminous fabric yardages quickly seduced post-World War II style setters. Far from the boulevards of Paris, how did the everyday American woman aspire to achieve Dior's 'New Look'?

Thursday Evening Lecture Series - October 11, 2018: "Draping and Dior"

Kevin Kissell, M.F.A. is a faculty member in CSU's Department of Design and Merchandising, teaching Textile Design, Fashion Illustration, Draping, and the Aesthetics of Apparel. In Spring 2018, his draping students created apparel inspired by the design legacy of Christian Dior's 'New Look' of 1947. To complement our current exhibit Dior's 'New Look' in the Everyday American Closet, Mr. Kissell and one of the draping students join us to talk about the importance of Dior's heritage for today's apparel design majors, and to demonstrate the art and science of draping. A great opportunity to appreciate why Christian Dior's 'New Look' was such a fashion design game-changer in 1947, and how it continues to influence fashion today.

Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Avenir Museum, Classroom 157, 216 East Lake Street, UCA-East building - Campus Map
Cost: FREE and open to the public


Location and Hours

The Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising is our flagship location, featuring exhibitions from our extensive collection of textile and historic costume artifacts.

  • Location: 216 E. Lake Street, University Center for the Arts-East building - Campus Map
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Admission: Free; self-guided
  • Closed for University Holidays, Fall, Winter (December 24-28, 2018) and Spring Breaks
  • Contact: (970) 491-1983
  • Parking: There is no dedicated visitor parking for the Avenir Museum. On-street parking is located in the neighborhoods surrounding the University Center for the Arts and the Avenir Museum.

Past Exhibitions

  • Spring-Summer 2018 – ORANGE: a short history of orange in fashion
  • Summer-Fall 2017 – The Allure of the Moroccan Caftan
  • Spring 2017 - Garden Party
  • Fall 2016 – Evolution of a Colorado Clothing Designer
  • Spring 2016 – Mr Blackwell: 'artist of subtle witchery'