303 Magazine Florence Müller, curator of textile and fashion art at the Denver Art Museum, leaves in May

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announced last week the departure in May 2022 of Florence Muller, curator of textile art and fashion at the Fondation Avenir. Her work with the museum elevated Denver’s fashion scene and transformed fashion into an art form in the local community.

Florence Müller, fashion curator at the Denver Art Museum. Photo by Brittany Werges

Müller joined DAM in 2015, developing the Textile Art and Fashion department which has grown enormously in recent years. As curator of the 2012 traveling exhibition Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective, Müller was instrumental in launching a luxury fashion presence in Denver.

Several exhibitions over the years have been the product of Müller’s work, including Dior: From Paris to the World; Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-1990s; Attracted by glamour: Fashion illustrations by Jim Howard; Paris in Hollywood: the fashion and influence of Véronique and Gregory Peck; and Suitable: self-contained women’s fashion. She also organized a new exhibition at DAM this month – Carla Fernández Casa de Moda: A Mexican Fashion Manifesto.

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“During my six years at DAM, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible team that helped me bring challenging projects to Denver,” Müller said. “I enjoyed my time curating exhibits on new and diverse subjects which helped to grow the museum’s permanent collections.”

Following the opening of the textile and fashion art galleries last fall, Müller felt inclined to pursue other projects. However, she plans to continue watching the museum and its fashion exhibits grow and prosper in the future.

The museum plans to seek a curator to replace Müller and will seek candidates internationally. Although Müller’s shoes will be tough to fill, DAM’s resources — including a recent $25 million anonymous endowment gift — will ensure a quick transition for the next curator.

“We are fortunate to have had Florence’s vision and talent in-house at the Denver Art Museum for the past six years,” said Christoph Heinrich, director of Frederick and Jan Mayer of DAM. “We look forward to seeing the mark Florence continues to leave on the world of art and fashion, as well as how the Denver Art Museum’s textile and fashion arts program evolves into its next chapter.”

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