Christian Dior Rules Haute Couture for 70 Years

Models in the Paris headquarters, 1957. Photography by Loomis Dean/Life Picture Collection/Getty Images.

In 1947, ’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 , , , and now Maria Grazia Chiuri.

A photograph of model Kylie Bax wearing a 1997 Christian Dior, Paris, gown designed by then creative director, John Galliano, will appear in “The House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture,” at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Photography by Trunk Archive.

“The House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture,” at the in Melbourne, Australia, starting August 27, celebrates this rich history by featuring garments alongside accessories and archival sketches and photographs.

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A label from 2012. Photography by Pol Baril.