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The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV


Inside the ateliers of the House of Dior,
© Pol Baril

This may possibly be one of the greatest events to brace the National Gallery of Victoria, who are known for their high-class exhibitions featuring renowned artists from around the globe and throughout history. Celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the prestigious Dior couture house, the NGV presents The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. It’s a fashionista’s dream come true, yet it’s not only for fashion lovers. Any creative can appreciate the workmanship, and the blood, sweat and tears that goes into fashion design. Especially when it comes to such a prominent fashion house like Dior, which is no longer just a ‘label’.

Running from August 27 to November 17, visitors will be immersed into the world of Christian Dior, with over 140 garments on display, designed by Christian Dior Couture between 1947 and 2017.


Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house)
Yves Saint Laurent (designer)
Climène dress, autumn−winter 1959 haute couture collection
Photo © Laziz Hamani

The exhibition, exclusive to Melbourne, will explore the story of the fashion house through a series of themes by the seven designers who have helped shape Dior’s renowned fashionable silhouette: Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. This one-of-a-kind exhibition will take us along the rich history of the fashion house, including the six successive designers following Christian Dior’s sudden death in 1957.


Christian Dior adjusts the accessories to the Zaire dress, on his star model Victoire, during rehearsal for the autumn−winter 1954, haute couture show
Photo © Mark Shaw/


Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house)
Christian Dior (designer)
Bar suit spring−summer 1947 collection, modelled by Renee 1955
gelatin silver photograph
Photograph by Willy Maywald
Collection of Christian Dior Archives, Paris
© Willy Maywald/ADAGP, Paris.
Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

Set against the surrounds of NGV’s exquisite display of art, The House of Dior will feature example from 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 Maria Grazia Chiuri.

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture will feature an exciting program of talks, tours and events and the curated NGV Friday Nights program with live music, food and performances. The Gala Celebration, dinner and opening will take place on August 26 and will feature a red carpet entrance, canapes, a dinner cooked by a guest chef, live performances by DJs and a feature musical act, to be announced closer to the event, as well as the first official viewing of the exhibition before it opens to the public. Places are strictly limited to this event, and tickets can be purchased online. General exhibition tickets can be purchased below.




27 AUG 17 – 7 NOV 17



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