House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture

Recently, the House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibited in at the Arts Centre Melbourne. It was the first time I’ve had the chance to view any designers’ work up close and it was spectacular! House of Dior has always been inspirational for me. I love the hourglass silhouette of the New Look and love the many different forms this has taken over the years. I was pretty excited to see their designs and couldn’t wait to see the New Look outfit in person.

The garments and detail that went into each garment was breath taking. Each stitch taken with such precision and every bead sewn to never move away from it’s position. To say I was speechless while looking at most garments is an understatement. It was such. wonderful experience that, I think, every fashion student, or industry member, or those who love to sew at home should get to see.

I would have loved to see more of their designs, there is one collection I really wanted to see but wasn’t there, I also would have loved to see some original designs or sketches or some developmental work (other than the toiles). While there was a lot going on, there wasn't much more than the garments themselves and quick descriptions of them. It seemed to finish quickly and I would have loved to see more.

The exhibition in Melbourne could have done with more direction as to the way to view the pieces and in what order it was intended. When I went there were too many people in the space and everyone was walking in different directions making somewhat confusing. Though of course, I still loved it!

It gave a good taste of what the House of Dior is about and how they have grown. It was also nice to see how the other Head Designers of the house got inspiration from and referenced Christian Dior’s designs.

Going to see the exhibition has encouraged me to go see more in the future and go to see fashion houses exhibiting whenever I am travelling, it will be interesting to see how other fashion houses styles developed over history. I will definitely look forward to going to see their exhibitions in the future or going to other fashion exhibitions at The Palais Galliera when I go to Paris. (Side note: in 2019 The Palais Galliera will be opening a permanent exhibition of the history of fashion funded mainly by Chanel). I loved the House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition and will love to see more fashion exhibitions in the future.

Love always,

Paige Lillian xx