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The House Of Dior

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The House Of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition brings together fashion and art in the always-beautiful National Gallery of Victoria. The exhibition houses pieces of Dior fashion collected over the past 70 years. For decades Dior has been a fashion icon and in this extravagant exhibition, the work and talent stands out from the rest. 

‘The fact that at the other end of the world people are thinking about us it’s of great significance and it’s deeply moving for all of us,’ says the CEO of Christian Dior Couture, Serge Brunschwig.

The Dior designers are a talent like no other.  This exhibition has works from the seven designers whose work has made Dior into what it is today. These include Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Walking through this one of a kind exhibition there is the essence of being on a Dior runway show.  With high ceilings and chandeliers around every corner, it really is glamour at its finest. This exhibition plays homage to Dior’s brand through beauty and enchantment. 

You are taken on a journey through fashion history from 1947 to 2017 with twists and turns of tulle and silk as 140 garments are on display from the fashion house. There are accessories for days including some shoes, hats and headpieces. Some iconic and signature pieces will be recognisable to the Dior obsessed, along with classic gowns and evening wear. You can even check out Miranda Kerr’s wedding dress on display!

Christian Dior opened his fashion house in 1946, after working as a fashion illustrator and designer. The rich history behind Dior is incomparable to many. Dior runway shows now happen all around the world. In spring 1948 Dior had its first full collection shown out of Paris. This spectacular show was held in Sydney. This show was in collaboration with David Jones and models wore fifty original pieces created by Christian Dior.

Dior couture is a culture in its own respect. The exhibition gives NGV visitors the legacy behind Dior. This includes Christian Dior’s early influences and insights into the workrooms past and present. We see how the designers complete and finish the garments with the importance of accessories.

With this never before seen exhibition we are invited into the Dior world to learn and to be amazed. The fashion house brought a new wave of femininity within the fashion world. Dior’s timeless elegance can be seen throughout this exhibition.

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture 
National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Till Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Open everyday, 10am to 5pm

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