I love a chance to indulge my passion for clothes without having to spend big money. Yes, this can be as rare as finding a four leaf clover, however I had the pleasure of indulging in this earlier this week when I visited The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition at the NGV, in my awesome hometown of Melbourne.
The exhibition is a walk through the House of Dior designs from 1947 to 2017. Beautifully curated, it includes spectacular pieces from the iconic designers that have captained the ship throughout these years. Christian Dior died suddenly in 1957 so there are only ten years of his designs, however it was inspiring to see that his passion for eighteenth century design and florals and his “new look” silhouette was maintained by his five successors, altered slightly to showcase their individual style. The clothing is timeless. So many times I admired a dress thinking it was the current season, only to find it was from the fifties or early 2000s. This is what I love about fashion. Good design transcends time.
I could go on about the craftsmanship and the materials used. OK, I will. OMG, the lines on those jackets and skirts are so straight that they make Tony Abbot seem like a Marriage Equality Yes campaigner. The outfits are so luxurious that there were many times that I wanted to risk getting thrown out just to feel that material between my fingers. I had to keep repeating “Look but don’t touch” as I wandered around. As much as I loved looking at all the beautiful dresses and suits, I realised that if I was ever going to drop some coin to buy myself a designer outfit, I would be faced with exorbitant alteration costs to cut off a metre for any of the clothing to fit my height. Never have I felt as short as I did standing next to some of those mannequins.
I think I’ve rambled on enough for now, but if you have no plans for this long weekend yet, do yourself a favour and get on over to the NGV for a few hours of pure indulgence. You won’t be disappointed. The exhibition finishes on Cup day, so time is running out fast!
**Fun Fact (yes, I will ramble just that little bit more): The first Dior showing outside of Paris was held at David Jones in Sydney, Australia in 1948. Mind blown. I never would’ve thought there would have been a market for this in Australia so soon after the war. The things we can still learn without good ole Google!