The House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture, at the national gallery of victoria, celebrates seven decades of the most enduring name in post-World War II fashion.
Among the more than 140 items on display are iconic designs from Dior's New Look of 1947, and by subsequent creative directors: Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano and Raf Simons. As impressive as YSL and Galliano were, i have to say the that it was Simons work that i liked the most.
The show is huge, stretching through several galleries all curated to invoke a sense of the the couture house that was so influential in the 20th century.
Highlights are Christian Dior’s iconic spring 1947 New Look collection, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ball gowns and evening dresses, as well as designs from the inaugural couture collection of the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Dior’s connection with Australia is also covered, including the historic Spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, where models wore fifty original creations by Christian Dior. This was the first complete Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris.