For the first time since 1948 a collection from the House of Dior, one of the most prestigious haute couture houses, is coming to Australia in the spring of 2017. The exhibition is part of Dior's 70th-anniversary celebration with collections being shown in only three cities: Paris, New York, and Melbourne.
The exhibition will show more than 140 couture garments created by the House of Dior between 1947 and 2017 with work by Christian Dior himself and six of the head designers that followed after his untimely death in 1957, all of whom have been pivotal in the history and the continuing design of the fashion house. The other designers included are Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and the current and first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
The Dior collection will be displayed in themes that best tie together each garment such as the 'New Look' established in Christian Dior's first spring collection in 1947 that shaped women's postwar fashion. Also a big feature is Dior's signature bell-shaped evening gowns such as that to the right created by Galliano. There will also be a strong focus on the only other Dior collection to come to Australia, the 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney which featured 50 original creations by Christian Dior.
Fashion has long been overlooked by the traditional art world but in recent years galleries such as the NGV have been establishing fashion's place in the art world, particularly haute coutute with its high level of craftmanship, with exhibitions such as Gaultier and Viktor & Rolf, featuring collections of both iconic and avant-garde apparel. This exhibition from Dior will be one of the biggest yet, featuring a 70-year retrospective. These lavish garments, most of which were painstakingly made by hand in the Parisian atelier, are sure to delight art, modern history, and fashion enthusiasts alike.
The exhibition will open on August 27 2017 and run until November 7 2017. Tickets range from $10 for a child to $26 for an adult, with discounts for seniors on Wednesdays only. Click here to book. There will also be a gala opening night featuring a red carpet and early showing of the exhibit from $500 a ticket. More information here.