A cel­e­bra­tion of dior'smost land­mark and de­signs mo­ments

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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

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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

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