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The House Of Dior: 70 Years Of Haute Couture On Show In Melbourne

Look no further if you were still wondering what to get that fashionista in the family for Christmas.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is hosting the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture from August 27 to November 7, 2017.

Dior is on show in Melbourne

Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior and will feature a sumptuous display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed from 1947 to 2017.

Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic Spring 1947 ‘New Look’ collection, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ballgowns and evening dresses, as well as current contemporary designs from the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Drawing primarily on material from the House of Dior archive in Paris and the NGV Collection, the exhibition will also feature accessories, sketches, photographs, haute couture toiles, multimedia and archival material.

Melbourne hosts House of Dior event

The exhibition will narrate the rich history of the fashion house, including Christian Dior’s early influences, the design codes synonymous with Dior, as well as the milestones of its six successive designers following Christian Dior’s sudden death in 1957, including the esteemed designers Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria-Grazia Chiuri.

The exhibition will also explore Dior’s unique affinity with Australia, including the historic Spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, where House models wore 50 original creations by Christian Dior. This is considered the first complete Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris.

Seventy years of House of Dior lands in Melbourne

“The exhibition will invite Australian and international audiences to discover some of the most significant couture designs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries,” says NGV director Tony Ellwood.

“The exhibition will be a celebration of Dior’s most landmark moments and designs, including their iconic ‘New Look’ silhouette, which revolutionised women’s fashion in the 1950s, through to the present-day contemporary aesthetic.

“We are also delighted that 68 years after the historic Dior fashion parade at its Sydney store, David Jones is once again helping Australia celebrate the House of Dior, as the exhibition’s Principal Partner.”

Tickets are on on sale now from NGV.MELBOURNE. Prices: Adult $26 | Concession $23.50 | Child (5–15 years) $10 Family (2 adults + 3 children) $65.

 

Written by James Graham

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