In 1947, Christian Dior’s debut couture collection, dubbed the “New Look,” was considered revolutionary. From bust-accentuating jackets to billowing skirts, it presented groundbreaking opulence after wartime restrictions. The collection was a success, and growth followed quickly. In the space of seven years, the house employed over 1,000 people. After Dior’s death in 1957, innovative designing continued under the creative direction of Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and now Maria Grazia Chiuri.
“The House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture,” at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, starting August 27, celebrates this rich history by featuring garments alongside accessories and archival sketches and photographs.