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.
“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.