The National Gallery of Victoria will present the never-before-seen exhibition, The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, in 2017.

Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition is a collaboration between the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the House of Dior, and will feature a sumptuous display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed between 1947 and 2017.

Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic Spring 1947 New Look collection, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ballgowns and evening dresses, as well as current contemporary designs from the House’s first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Drawing primarily on material from the House of Dior archive in Paris and the NGV Collection, the exhibition will also feature accessories, sketches, photographs, haute couture toiles, multimedia and archival material.

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The exhibition will cover Christian Dior’s early influences, the design codes synonymous with Dior, and the milestones of its six successive designers following Christian Dior’s sudden death in 1957, including esteemed designers Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria-Grazia Chiuri.

It will also explore Dior’s unique affinity with Australia, including the Spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones in Sydney, where models wore 50 original creations by Christian Dior, making it the first complete Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris.

“It is a great pleasure and honour for the House of Dior to be celebrating its anniversary in 2017 in Melbourne,” says Christian Dior Couture chief executive Sidney Toledano.

“This exhibition will be the biggest Dior retrospective ever held in Australia. It will cover seventy years of creation, presenting the emblematic work of Christian Dior and his successors, including Maria Grazia Chiuri, who arrived last July and is the first woman at the head of the couture house.”

The exhibition opening will be celebrated with the inaugural NGV Gala, a ticketed, black-tie ball on Saturday 26 August 2017. The proceeds from the Gala will go towards the NGV Fashion and Textiles Collection.

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture will be held at NGV International (180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne) from 27 August to 7 November 2017. Tickets are available now at ngv.vic.gov.au.