A celebration of dior'smost landmark and designs moments
On display by Christian dior, yves Saint laurent, Mark Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri are 140 stunning garments, ballgowns and evening dresses as well as accessories, sketches, photographs, haute couture fabrics, and archival material — a never-beforeseen record of dior’s rich history and gigantic achievements including the most memorable couture designs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. And significantly, it was Melbourne that was chosen to host one of only three commemorations around the world besides Paris and New york.
This honour is testimony to Australia’s affinity with the House of dior dating as far back as 1948. As katie Somerville, Ngv’s Senior Curator of Fashion and Textiles, explains, “david Jones buyer, Mrs Mary Alice Shiell, travelled to Paris to successfully negotiate an exclusive deal that would see the haute couture house hold its first-ever show outside of Paris. The Gala show was held on July 31, 1948, at david Jones’ flagship Elizabeth Street Store. Fifty original Christian dior garments were showcased at the historic On Seven event space. The sold-out parades opened in Sydney to great fanfare. At the gala, flawlessly groomed Australian mannequins paraded around an elevated catwalk to commentary by Sydney socialites. The show ran in Sydney until August 13 [the following year].”
This event significantly influenced the evolution of Australian fashion as the collection also toured Melbourne and Adelaide. Christian dior even named some of his designs “Sydney” and “Melbourne” and called certain styles, in French, “Australie”. Furthermore, it was in Australia where Christian dior showcased his last creative output, the Autumn-winter 1957 collection for which david Jones had partnered with The Australian Women’s Weekly to bring it to this country. “The connection remains strong [to this day] with several dior boutiques in Melbourne and a longstanding relationship with the NGV [which] holds an impressive collection of dior works acquired from the 1970s onwards and spanning 19472017.”
時尚的代名詞Dior品牌從創立起，就與眾不同，首位把配飾加入設計理念用以襯托服裝，強調整體美觀的品牌，這項創新一直被時裝界沿用至今。1947年，當創立品牌的設計師Christian Dior 本人以「New Look」為主題，在歐洲將品牌經典系列的晚禮服和小禮服展現於人們眼前時，震驚了時裝界，一躍成為全球知名的極品。不幸的是，正當 Christian將品牌帶向輝煌的時候，他在1957年猝死。但Dior並沒有因此沒落， 60年來，六位首席品牌設計師以不同的概念，融入Dior 高貴、經典的主題，讓 Dior 以嶄新的風貌一次次的驚豔時裝界。
Christian dior and fashion model lucky c. 1956 ©Christian dior Photo: Bellini
展出期間，墨爾本柯林斯大街上的Sofitel酒店推出「入住．參展」套餐，詳情請上酒店網站查詢。Photograpy by karen Woo, styling by Emily Edwards
Inside the ateliers of the House of dior, 2012. ©Pol Baril Christian dior, Paris (fashion house) John Galliano (designer) Red silk and wool dress, spring−summer 2009 haute couture collection. Photo ©laziz Hamani