The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Cou­ture, Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia

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The pres­ti­gious House of Dior turns 70 this year, and to cel­e­brate this mile­stone, the Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria will present The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Cou­ture from 27 Au­gust to 7 Novem­ber 2017. Ex­clu­sive to Mel­bourne, the ex­hi­bi­tion will show­case over 140 gar­ments from Chris­tian Dior Cou­ture, de­signed be­tween 1947 and 2017. 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 cur­rent con­tem­po­rary de­signs from the House’s first fe­male head de­signer, Maria Grazia Chi­uri.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will also ex­plore Dior’s 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.

Above: Co­quette dress, au­tumn−win­ter 1948 haute cou­ture col­lec­tion. Photo © Clifford Cof­fin/Li­censed by Trunk Archive. Model: Wenda Roger­son (Parkin­son).

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