In the midst of my juniper rich adventures in Melbourne last week, I had the absolute pleasure of attending the House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. After attending the Viktor & Rolf exhibition last year, I did go in with somewhat high expectations and needless to say, House of Dior superseded them by tenfold.
In this exhibition you will be treated to the most celebrated works of Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria-Grazia Chiuri. It also features sketches, perfumery, footwear, news articles and more. Moving from room to room, it truly gives you a deep and overwhelming sense of appreciation for couture fashion – I was moved to tears. It was story-telling at its sartorial finest.
Each designer embodied Dior’s opulence in their respective rights and defined an era within the house of fashion. I was drawn to John Galliano’s theatrics on the runway and his garments growing up – controversy does make fashion so much more alluring. Raf’s Fall 2012 debut show was one the most captivating shows our time and it is the product of fashion production dreams! We are now in the era of Maria-Grazia Chiuri as Dior’s first ever female creative director where she aims to use her contemporary works to define female empowerment.
While Dior has always been about feminity, I wouldn’t describe my sense of style as ‘New Look’. However, the silhouettes, details and themes expressed by various creative directors over the years has most certainly influenced the way I dress today.
With the exhibition only on until November 7th, I highly recommend you paying the House of Dior exhibition a visit if you are in Melbourne. Head to NGV’s website for details on the extended opening times.
You have truly outdone yourself Melbourne.