Prepare to be mesmerised for when you enter the House of Dior at The NGV. In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of The House of Dior’s debut spring-summer 1947 collection, the National Gallery of Victoria presents the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV International from 27 August to 7 November 2017.
The exhibition features a magnificent display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed between 1947 and 2017. Rich with history and known for their superb designs, the haute couture collection is exclusive to Melbourne. Each outfit superb expressing their seductively draped necklines and delicate details of each garment throughout the exhibition.
The display features a grand, sweeping staircase leading to a mezzanine level from which visitors can enjoy a birds-eye view of the vast array of garments on show. The stunning feature is inspired by the iconic staircase from the Paris couture house that has featured in countless photo shoots and fashion parades over the House’s seventy-year history. The staircase will capture you in time and sets the mood as the chandeliers elegantly hanging throughout.
You'll see Christian Dior’s iconic spring 1947 ‘New Look’ collection, which is considered a groundbreaking moment in the history of fashion, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ballgowns and evening dresses, as well as six successive designers following Christian Dior’s sudden death in 1957 recent designs Other .six successive designers following Christian Dior’s sudden death in 1957. These include of Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. And recent designs from the House’s first female Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
A section dedicated to fabulous accessories, particularly shoes and millinery. This room will highlight the work
of Stephen Jones, who has created elaborate headpieces for John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. For this exhibition, Jones has also designed over 50 bespoke headpieces.
Artisans from the Christian Dior Couture atelier in Paris, who will be working on couture garments in the exhibition space during the rest and last weeks of the exhibition, demonstrating the extraordinary technical skills of Christian Dior Couture. I had the honour of asking two talented creative a few questions, as the translator translated in French to the two ladies demonstrating sewing to complete a jacket I asked the following.
How long does it take to complete a jacket?
"It takes about 140 hours to complete" As she points to the red jacket
How many days a week do you work?
"We work 5 days a week, usually from 9-5."
And lastly, do you own anything from Dior?
The two ladies laughed together. "No, No, we just love working for the brand" As the
I then thanked them both for their hard work creating such beautiful garments, they both smiled as they thanked me back.
Serge Brunschwig: Christian Dior Couture's CEO & President of Dior Homme
The exhibition is dazzling and beautiful and is one not to be missed. Experience it for yourself and enter The House Of Dior.
Special thanks to the NGV for having me.