Museum celebrates elegant wardrobe, lifestyle

Veronique and Gregory Peck had influence on fashion


Charmeuse, jacquard, organza, surah are among the fabrics included in Denver Art Museum’s current exhibition of “Paris to Hollywood: The Fashion and Influence of Veronique and Gregory Peck,” which includes 100 ensembles from the wardrobe of Veronique Peck and continues through July 18. This collection should interest not only fashion lovers, but history buffs, who can contemplate the events the Pecks may have attended ...

Florence Muller, DAM’s curator of textile art and fashion, was contacted by the couple’s daughter, Cecilia Peck Voll, who gave 20 of Veronique’s distinctive looks to the museum, loaned others and assisted in collecting items to complete the 100 ensembles exhibited. They were designed by couturiers and designers around the world for the Parisian journalist, philanthropist and fashion influencer Veronique Peck. Voll also loaned personal documents, accessories, photographs and insights.

Veronique’s parents, a Paris architect and a Russian artist, encouraged their daughter’s interest in politics and science, as well as in the latest trends in art, theatre, literature — and the best restaurants.

Gregory Peck was visiting Paris in 1952, en route to the filming of “Roman Holiday” with Audrey Hepburn, and was scheduled for an interview with the young journalist, Veronique Passani. (French American 1932-2012).

On his return trip, he invited her to lunch, which caused her to give up an interview with Nobel Laureate Albert Schweitzer. The glamorous pair married in 1955 and the romance continued until his death in 2003.

“Paris to Hollywood ...” includes not only the ensembles Veronique wore, but sketches (which were at times sent to her if she was not in Paris and created for her if she was interested), film clips, family snapshots and more that give insights into professional and home lives of this glamorous pair and their two children. Materials exhibited cover a period from the 1950s to the 1990s. (There is a Gregory Peck suit included.)

Veronique Peck followed her parents on a path that included an interest in the arts, political science, theatre, literature, restaurants and of course, couturiers and their related houses: Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and more ... She is credited with introducing controversial pants suits and miniskirts by Courreges in the U.S in the 1960s, which soon became immensely popular among American women.

The 40 years covered in this exhibit were a period when women’s societal roles changed drastically as they launched into careers of all sorts — often calling for a change in style.


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