Fashionistas will absolutely swoon over the National Gallery of Victoria’s newest exhibition –  The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture.

The Melbourne-exclusive exhibition and world premiere is a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior,  one of the most prestigious couture houses in the world.

The exhibition features an exquisite display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed 1947 to 2017. They have been sourced from the House of Dior archive in Paris, the NGV Collection and other international borrowings from museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Les Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

The iconic New Look outfit introduces the show at the entrance…

 

…which then moves to different thematic rooms including works by the seven designers who have played key roles in shaping Dior’s renowned fashionable silhouette: Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic Spring 1947 ‘New Look’ collection which revolutionised women’s fashion in the 1950s…

….magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ballgowns and evening dresses…

… and current contemporary designs from the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Interspersed within the exhibition are accessories (including headwear by Stephen Jones and shoes by Roger Vivier), sketches, photographs, haute couture toiles, multimedia and archival material.

 

In one room for the opening and closing weekends you can watch craftswomen from the Dior atelier in Paris work on their garments.

The exhibition closes with artefacts that explore Dior’s relationship with Australia, including the historic Spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney. Fifty original creations by Christian Dior were paraded, the first time a complete Dior collection was shown outside of Paris.

 

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture is accompanied by a scholarly publication and a program of talks, tours and events and the curated NGV Friday Nights program, featuring live music, food and performances.

Don’t miss this exhibition, the likes of which are unlikely to be seen again in Australia in the near future.


The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Sunday 27 August to 7 November 2017

Adult $26 | Concession $23.50 | Child (5–15 years) $10 | Family (2 adults + 3 children) $65.

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