The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, Melbourne, Australia
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. ngv.vic.gov.au
Above: Coquette dress, autumn−winter 1948 haute couture collection. Photo © Clifford Coffin/Licensed by Trunk Archive. Model: Wenda Rogerson (Parkinson).