House of Dior at the NGV: A Melbourne Exclusive

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, the National Gallery of Victoria presents The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. I was lucky enough to get a preview of this exhibition which is exclusive to Melbourne. And haven’t we had some amazing fashion exhibitions of late – remember Viktor & Rolf?

A collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior, it includes a sumptuous display of more than 140 garments designed between 1947 and 2017. Aside from garments, the exhibition includes such items as the collection chart from 1948, complete with fabric swatches. You can see the genesis of the ‘New Look’ he made so famous after the second world war. Incredible.

The House of Dior explores the story of the fashion house through a series of themes, featuring works by the seven designers who have played key roles in shaping Dior’s renowned fashionable silhouette. Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri are all on display.

The exhibition narrates the rich history of the fashion house. You’ll see Christian Dior’s early influences, the design codes synonymous with the house and insights into the atelier workrooms.

Accessories have played a critical role in expressing the complete Dior look and there’s an entire room dedicated to parfum, shoes and millinery.

Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic spring 1947 New Look collection, and magnificent displays of John Galliano’s signature ball gowns and evening dresses. Included are designs from the inaugural couture collection of the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Dior’s unique and longstanding affinity with Australia is also examined.  In 1948 David Jones Sydney, hosted a collection where models wore fifty original creations by Christian Dior. This was the first complete Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris. Did you know that? Neither did I!

You should see this exhibition if for no other reason than that it perfectly encapsulates a moment in time, when women’s fashion changed forever. It’s intoxicating, mysterious and will delight. See it!

NGV INTERNATIONAL

GROUND LEVEL

27 AUG 17 – 7 NOV 17

OPEN 10AM–5PM DAILY

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Bérard, Illustration of the Bar, afternoon ensemble 1947 Dior Heritage collection, Paris
© ADAGP, Paris 2016/Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house); Christian Dior (designer); Bar, afternoon ensemble
1947 designed, (1987) made, Corolla (Corolle) line, spring–summer 1947 Dior Heritage collection, Paris
Photo © Laziz Hamani

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house); Christian Dior (designer) Bar, afternoon ensemble spring−summer 1947 collection, modelled by Renée 1955 Dior Heritage collection, Paris © Willy Maywald/ADAGP, Paris. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior mannequins arriving in Australia for the presentation of the A/W 1957, haute couture
collection, Christian Dior’s last collection, November 1957

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Signage from the Christian Dior parade at David Jones, Sydney, August 1948

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house); John Galliano (designer) Look 25, dress 2011, spring−summer 2011, haute couture collection Photo © Guy Marineau

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

‘Porcelaine Short Evening Dress,’ Trapeze line, SS 1958. From Yves Saint Laurent’s first line for Dior in 1958 following Christian Dior’s sudden death.

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house); Raf Simons (designer) Look 54, dress 2015, spring−summer 2015 spring−summer 2015 haute couture collection

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) Maria Grazia Chiuri (designer) Essence d’Herbier Ecru fringe cocktail dress, floral raffia and thread embroidery derived from a Monsieur Dior original (1900 hours of work) Hedgerow headdress in silk flowers and corn Haute Couture spring–summer 2017 Collection

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house); John Galliano (designer) Look 12, Jacket and skirt ensemble 2009, spring−summer 2009, haute couture collection Photo © Guy Marineau

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Miranda Kerr’s wedding dress as designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri in May, 2017

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

Miranda Kerr’s wedding dress as designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri in May, 2017

Christian Dior exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne | more on www.ladymelbourne.com.au

  • The Sunday Mode

    I was curious about this because I’ve seen a few people on Instagram going there but WOW, some of those pieces are absolutely incredible. I’ll have to nip into the NGV to see this before it ends 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • Nicole Jenkins

    Excellent photos, Phoebe – and lovely to see you yesterday. Have shared to FB as there are many who would like to see your post.