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EXHIBITION: The House of Dior Seventy Years of Haute Couture

EXHIBITION: The House of Dior Seventy Years of Haute Couture

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses, the National Gallery of Victoria presents The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture.

Exclusive to Melbourne, this exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior and includes a sumptuous display of more than 140 garments designed by Christian Dior Couture between 1947 and 2017.

The House of Dior explores the story of the fashion house through a series of themes, featuring 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.

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) John Galliano (designer) Red silk and wool dress, spring−summer 2009 haute couture collection Photo © Laziz Hamani

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house)
John Galliano (designer)
Red silk and wool dress, spring−summer 2009
haute couture collection
Photo © Laziz Hamani

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) Raf Simons (designer) autumn−winter 2012 haute couture collection Photo © Patrick Demarchelier/Licensed by Art+Commerce

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house)
Raf Simons (designer)
autumn−winter 2012 haute couture collection
Photo © Patrick Demarchelier/Licensed by Art+Commerce

The exhibition narrates the rich history of the fashion house, including Christian Dior’s early influences, the design codes synonymous with the House of Dior, insights into the Dior atelier workrooms, the role that accessories have played in expressing the complete Dior look and the milestones of its six successive designers following Christian Dior’s sudden death in 1957.

Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic spring 1947 New Look collection, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ball gowns and evening dresses, as well as designs from the inaugural couture collection of the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) Yves Saint Laurent (designer) Climène dress, autumn−winter 1959 haute couture collection Photo © Laziz Hamani

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house)
Yves Saint Laurent (designer)
Climène dress,
autumn−winter 1959
haute couture collection
Photo © Laziz Hamani

Dior’s unique and longstanding affinity with Australia is also examined, including the historic Spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, where models wore fifty original creations by Christian Dior. This was the first complete Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris.

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

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) John Galliano (designer) spring−summer 2011 haute couture collection Photo © Guy Marineau

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house)
John Galliano (designer)
spring−summer 2011 haute couture collection
Photo © Guy Marineau

Organised by the National Gallery of Victoria and Christian Dior Couture.

Programs & Events

Opening Weekend

27 Aug, 11am, 27 Aug, 2pm

Celebrate the opening weekend of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition with talks by journalists and fashion industry experts…

 

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