A Day at Dior

In celebration of the prestigious fashion house’s seventieth anniversary, the House of Dior collaborated with the National Gallery of Victoria to present a stunning exhibition of the label’s creations, by some great fortune, in my very own city. I only needed to take a quick train in order to see decades of Dior designs in the flesh, showcasing iconic pieces from each creative director who was assigned the opportunity to create art for the illustrious fashion house. 

It was immediately clear that each designer held an individual era in the house’s history, with the designs exuding the personality of the designer as well as the social and political contexts of the time. Despite the obvious contrasts between each designer’s era, they would often remain loyal to the original constructions by Christian Dior himself, reinventing those designs to suit their fresh visions. It emphasised the timelessness of Dior and why it has survived as an innovator in the world of couture. Of course, it also demonstrated that fashion trends tend to repeat themselves, whether that be for the better or the worse. 

The ‘fit and flare’ style will always remain timelessly elegant, and Christian Dior was a pioneer in this regard. Gowns and suits from seventy years ago can easily resemble current styles and trends which is a testament to his designs.

It’s difficult to ignore the controversy of John Galliano’s expulsion from the fashion house, and even more so to disregard the evidence of his poor character and then to celebrate his designs. Nonetheless, his reign as creative director was an integral time of Dior’s history and his bold designs contrasted heavily against his more demure predecessors. It’s very frustrating when someone with admirable talent turns out to be a knob.

The dress famously worn by Nicole Kidman at the Oscars. The fur on the dress’s edges are an interesting touch, and one I can’t help think was unnecessary.

The exhibition was spread across various rooms, so it was exciting to keep discovering new themes as the exhibition went on. It concludes on a crescendo with the final room showcasing the magnificent couture gowns. There was so much fabric, embellishments, colour and superior craftsmanship that accentuated their diverse couture history. It’s actually really fun to go around and choose which gown you would wear if you could!

Thanks to the appointment of Maria Grazia Chiuri as Dior’s creative director, feminism has been brought to the forefront of the fashion world, and not in the superficial regard where feminism is merely a trend. Fashion has always been a way for women to express themselves even if they don’t always have the freedom to do so in other respects, and having a woman who believes in gender equality as the director of one of the greatest fashion houses in the world is empowering for women everywhere. Her passion is undeniably manifested in her creations and strongly resonates with her female clients, indicating that the Parisian fashion house has an exciting future ahead.

I loved the exhibitions so much that I visited a second time, just so I could once again be surrounded by this abundance of iconic fashion. If you are visiting Melbourne or in fact living in the city, I highly recommend taking a look as it ends on 7 November. Thanks for visiting my blog! x

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The Golden Girls

With the first notable fashion event of the year done and dusted, it’s time to reflect on the real stars of the 2015 Golden Globe Awards and their killer adornments. Although everyone appeared dapper and decorated on the evening, there were a few who particularly stood out against the luminosity of the red carpet.

Lady Gaga wearing Atelier Versace
Lady Gaga wearing Atelier Versace- Getty Images

She was the vision of a classic Hollywood siren, complete with a Marilyn Monroe-like curly bob and dazzling diamonds. I love the voluptuous shape of the waist and hips and the tasteful neckline.

Brie Larson wearing custom Calvin Klein
Brie Larson wearing custom Calvin Klein- Getty Images 

What’s not to like about a sparkly gold dress with cut-out pieces in all of the right places?

Cate Blanchett wearing Givenchy
Cate Blanchett wearing Givenchy- Getty Images 

The pale pink tassels are a very bold choice from fashion icon Cate, however she manages to magnificently pull it off with her typical elegance and a matching custom purse.

Jaimie Alexander wearing Genny
Jaimie Alexander wearing Genny- Getty Images

This emerald creation by Genny exudes glamour and perfectly compliments the stunning wearer with her dazzling green earrings and striking eyes.

Jenna Dewan Tatum wearing Zuhair Murad
Jenna Dewan Tatum wearing Zuhair Murad- Getty Images 

What can I say? It’s a Zuhair Murad creation that could stun even the most elaborately dressed Disney princess.

Rooney Mara wearing Alexander McQueen
Rooney Mara wearing Alexander McQueen– Getty Images 

This Alexander McQueen nude masterpiece looks as though its an extension of Mara’s skin in the least gruesome way. In my opinion, not everyone could pull off a gown as unique as this but the Carol star makes it look effortless.

Taraji P. Henson wearing Stella McCartney
Taraji P. Henson wearing Stella McCartney– Getty Images

The Empire winner appears fiercely goddess-like in this simple Stella McCartney piece. Ahh that cape…

 

So, who do you think took the award for the best dressed on the night?

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