After lots of hard work and careful planning, Diane and the team successfully opened the Journey of a Dressexhibition at the Pace Gallery in Beijing over the weekend.So far the response has been nothing short of tremendous with thousands of people flocking to the Pace Beijing on the opening day (and many more continuing to queue over the weekend).
The exhibition celebrates Diane’s 40-plus years as a fashion designer, art collector, muse and philanthropist with over 400 pieces from her personal archives, including the original wrap dress from 1973 and an assortment of letters, photographs, illustrations, and ephemera.
In addition to the fashion archives, Diane’s impressive collection of art is also on display. Her museum-worthy lineup includes works by Francesco Clemente, Andy Warhol, Anh Duong, Julian Opie and photographers Helmut Newton, Mario Testino, Bettina Rheims and Chuck Close.
While Journey of a Dress has made previous stops in Moscow (October 2009) and Sao Paulo (April 2010), this installment features newly commissioned works by four prominent Chinese artists. Conceptual artist Zhang Huan, photographer Hai Bo, painter Li Songsong and multimedia artist Yi Zhou all created exclusive pieces for this exhibition.
Following the glamorous Red Ball that she hosted earlier in the week in Shanghai, Diane welcomed esteemed guests such as Wendi Murdoch, Jessica Alba and Natalia Vodianova to opening night this past Friday.
Journey of a Dress is on display at the Pace Gallery in Beijing from April 3 – May 14. Call 86 10 5978 9781 or visit the Pace Beijing website for more information.