Christian Dior, a French designer, inspired the women of 1947 to be daring, in narrow-waisted tightly fitted bodices and beautifully designed full pleated skirts. With the Editor of Harper’s Bazaar at the time of his debut collection stating his outfits were of a “New Look”, revolutionary for the 40’s era of rations and post war poverty.
The first collection made its debut in Australia in the late 40’s, with the wealthiest women from the land down under trying on the 50 or so dresses shipped from Christian’s Atelier straight to the docks of Sydney.
After the passing of Christian Dior in 1957, the brand persevered with its well-established name and has continued to set unforgettable trends for each decade since.
The Dior brand broadcasts a multi cultural atmosphere amongst their employees. Additionally, models from different ethnic backgrounds are chosen throughout runway shows for their individuality, which contributes to the diversity in Dior buyers.
Celebrating their 70th year, Dior has announced exhibitions in three countries around the world, and Australia is fortunate enough to be one of them.
The National Gallery of Victoria has collaborated with the House of Dior to announce a display of more than 140 garments designed by the brand Christian Dior Haute Couture between the years of 1947 and 2017.
This event explores the House of Dior from the concepts and ideas to the final creations of their designs. The show features work by the seven designers who have each played a crucial role in forming Dior’s world renowned gratifying label.
The exhibition further displays guided tours in a variety of languages, exquisite food, performances and live music.
The House of Dior at The National Gallery of Victoria opens its doors on the 27th of August and closes them on the 7th of November.
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By Rhianne Cottam-Starkey