Finding Inspiration // Dior Exhibition in Melbourne

Dior Exhibition at NGV in Melbourne
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One of the jewels in Melbourne's crown is the National Gallery of Victoria. They regularly bring many great fashion exhibitions to the city which draws crowds from all over the country. So on a warm spring Sunday afternoon, not even the first good weather of the season was going to stop patrons from flocking to the Dior Exhibition.

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This is not a collection of clothing. But rather a collection of art; constructed methodically and pain-stakingly by couture sewing 'artists' over countless hours.

Most surprisingly, I learnt that Dior died just 10 years after starting his timeless brand. What a legacy he was able to create in such a short space of time.  

NGV Dior Exhibition 2017
NGV Dior Exhibition 2017

The exhibition follows the evolution of Dior's style; from the austere post-war 50's silhouette which exaggerates tiny waists and voluminous skirts to the modern interpretations of the iconic Bar jacket. 

An excerpt about the Bar Coat on the exhibition wall:

Bar coat, 2012, remade in 2017, a homage to Dior’s Bar Suit, 1947, was presented as Look 10 in Raf Simon’s debut couture collection. Made in the taileur using traditional handstitching, picotage, pinning, pressing and moulding techniques for suiting, the coat took 180 HOURS to make. Comprising fewer pattern pieces and with less hip padding than the original bar suit, Bar coat highlights Simon’s reductive approach to construction.
— Dior Exhibition NGV, 2017
BAR COAT, 2012 remade in 2017

BAR COAT, 2012 remade in 2017

The process of making these garments fascinates me, possibly more than the pieces themselves.  I was quite impressed that one section of the exhibition was dedicated to the artisan's who make the garments.  Many of the fashion exhibitions I have visited in the past have overlooked the 'making' bit (quite a big bit really!).

Here are few more pics...

NGV Dior Exhibition
NGV Dior Exhibition 2017
The dress famously worn by Nicole Kidman

The dress famously worn by Nicole Kidman