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A Stunning Christian Dior Exhibition Is Coming To Australia

It's to celeberate the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior.

09/12/2016 7:39 AM AEDT | Updated 09/12/2016 11:05 AM AEDT
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Inside the ateliers of the House of Dior, 2012.

Announced on Friday, the National Gallery of Victoria will be presenting the world-premiere exhibition, The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. Before you get too excited, you'll have to wait a while -- it's not until the 27th of August, 2017 (running until the 7th of November).

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Christian Dior and fashion model Lucky c. 1956

The exhibition's timing is in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the most prestigious couture houses in the world.

Exclusive to Melbourne (a reason for a weekend away, perhaps?), the exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior and will feature a display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture, designed 1947 to 2017. It will also include accessories, sketches, photographs, and haute couture fabrics.

The exhibition will also explore Dior's affinity with Australia, including the historic Spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, where models wore fifty original creations by Christian Dior. This is considered the first complete Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris.

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Presentation of the Adélaïde ensemble from the spring−summer 1948 haute couture collection, during Christian Dior's parade at David Jones, Sydney, August 1948.

"The exhibition will invite Australian and international audiences to discover some of the most significant couture designs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries," Tony Ellwood, Director at the National Gallery of Victoria said in a statement.

Sidney Toledano, Chief Executive of Christian Dior Couture revealed that it will be the biggest Dior exhibition ever held in Australia.

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Christian Dior Eugenie dress, autumn−winter 1948 haute couture collection.

"It is a great pleasure and honour for the House of Dior to be celebrating its anniversary next year in Melbourne. This exhibition will be the biggest Dior retrospective ever held in Australia. It will cover seventy years of creation, presenting the emblematic work of Christian Dior and his successors, including Maria Grazia Chiuri, who arrived last July and is the first woman at the head of the couture house," Toledano said.

The exhibition opening will be celebrated with the inaugural NGV Gala event, a ticketed, black-tie ball of which the proceeds will go toward supporting the NGV Fashion and Textiles Collection.

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture will be at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia from 25 August to 7 November 2017. Tickets on sale now from the website.

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Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) Raf Simons (designer) autumn−winter 2012 haute couture collection.

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Christian Dior models arriving in Australia for the presentation of the autumn−winter 1957 haute couture collection, Christian Dior's last collection, at Myer Mural Hallin Australia, November 1957.

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Christian Dior models in the salon of House of Dior's headquarters, 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris 1957. Photograph by Loomis Dean, featured in LIFE Magazine, 1957.

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Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) Maria Grazia Chiuri (designer) spring−summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection .

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