Dior hosts ‘Seventy Years of Haute Couture’ retrospective in Melbourne at NGV

The world-premiere exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, which opens officially this weekend, is one of the most extravagant and glamorous shows the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne has staged.

Created by the NGV in collaboration with the House of Dior, the exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the fashion house’s first couture collection and features a sumptuous display of more than 140 breathtaking, handcrafted haute couture garments including Miranda Kerr’s custom-made Christian Dior Couture wedding dress.

One of the NGV’s most ambitious and biggest exhibition builds to date, the show features a grand, sweeping staircase inspired by the House of Dior building in Paris, a bespoke workspace featuring real-life Dior atelier staff at work and a 1950s salon featuring hats by Stephen Jones, shoes and accessories.

Former Dior house model, Svetlana Lloyd, who walked in the historic Australian Dior fashion parade at David Jones in 1957, flew in for the opening. Appearing in current Dior, the 81-year-old beauty was reunited with a ball gown she famously modelled for Mr Dior in the 1950s. “I love the way it is exhibited. I’m seeing gowns from later Dior collections for the first time myself which is wonderful,” she says.

NGV director Tony Ellwood says the exhibition features some of the most significant couture designs of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic spring 1947 ‘New Look’ collection, which is a considered a groundbreaking moment in the history of fashion, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ball gowns and evening dresses, as well as recent designs from the House’s first female Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

International model Winnie Harlow will jet into Melbourne for the gala, appearing alongside local celebrities including Nicole Kidman, Rachel Griffiths, Jessica Gomes, Jesinta Franklin, Adam Goodes, Kimbra, Rebecca Judd, Olympia Valance, Kate Ceberano, Tina Arena.

The exhibition is open to the public from August 27 to November 7, 2017.