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Dior exhibition in Melbourne


Looking for an excuse for a Melbourne getaway?

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture is the next blockbuster exhibition to showcase in Australia's fashion capital from 27 August – 7 November 2017 at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Featuring more than 140 garments designed by Christian Dior between 1947 and 2017, the never-before-seen exhibition is not to be missed. Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition narrates the rich history of the fashion house, including Christian Dior's early influences, 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.


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.

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.

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 exhibition will invite Australian and international audiences to discover some of the most significant couture designs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 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," said Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV.

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture is the biggest Dior retrospective ever held in Australia and is accompanied by a dynamic program of talks, tours and events. Our favourite way to enjoy exhibitions at NGV is by heading to the curated NGV Friday Nights program, featuring live music, food and performances.


The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria from 27 August – 7 November 2017.
Open daily from 10am-5pm. Admission fees apply.

Don't miss the opportunity to see this incredible exhibition and stay at one of Melbourne's best boutique or art inspired hotels, browse our Melbourne accommodation here.

Images: Supplied by NGV
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