House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture

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The House of Dior 1 (Photograph: Sean Fennessy)
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Photograph: Sean FennessyInstallation view of The House of Dior
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Photograph: Sean FennessyInstallation view of The House of Dior
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Photograph: Sean FennessyInstallation view of The House of Dior
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Photograph: Sean FennessyInstallation view of The House of Dior
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Photograph: Wayne TaylorKatie Somerville, exhibition curator and Senior Curator, Fashion and Textiles, NGV

NGV and the famous French maison have collaborated to create this world premiere exhibition of more than 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture

Update: NGV has extended its opening hours for the final week of The House of Dior – see below.

The National Gallery of Victoria's 2017 fashion blockbuster is a Melbourne-exclusive exhibition created by the gallery in collaboration with the House of Dior. 

Founded by Christian Dior in 1946, the house is best known for the 'new look', a voluminous and ultra-feminine silhouette that came to define post-war dressing.

This exhibition focuses explicitly on Dior's Haute Couture creations – so craftsmanship will be central. The garments made in the Christian Dior atelier often take hundreds of hours, and dozens of skilled hands to assemble. Consequently, a piece of Haute Couture costs tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Which is to say, House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture is your best bet for getting up close and personal with this rarefied fusion of art, design and fashion.

Read more about the House of Dior and what will be featured in this exhibition.

EXTENDED OPENING HOURS
Thu Nov 2, 9am–9pm
Fri Nov 3, 9am–5pm
Fri Nov 3, 6–10pm as part of NGV Friday Nights (separate ticket required)
Sat Nov 4, 9am–5pm
Sat Nov 4, 6pm–midnight Saturday Night at NGV (separate ticket required) 
Sat Nov 4, 9.30pm–midnight (timed ticket required)
Sun Nov 5, 9am–9pm
Mon Nov 6, 9am–9pm
Tue Nov 7 (Melbourne Cup Day), 9am–9pm.

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