Coinciding with the opening of the world-premiere exhibition, The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, on display at the NGV from 27 August to 7 November, the NGV Gala is a black-tie ball fundraiser that celebrates both art and fashion. The NGV Gala has been co-chaired by Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV and Edwina McCann, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Australia.
Courtesy of Visit Victoria, Tourism Australia and Christian Dior Couture, Olsen will walk the NGV Gala’s David Jones Red Carpet in a Dior gown designed by Maria Grazia-Chiuri. Olsen will be joined by other notable guests attending the event, including Rachel Griffiths, Winnie Harlow, Jessica Gomes, Jesinta Franklin, Adam Goodes, Kimbra, Rebecca Judd, Olympia Valance, Kate Ceberano, and Tina Arena.
‘I’m thrilled to be invited to attend the NGV Gala in Melbourne and the opening of The House of Dior exhibition. I’ve heard so much about Australia, and in particular the hidden laneways of Melbourne, full of amazing restaurants, café, bars and boutiques. I love art and fashion, so I am excited to attend such an incredible night that celebrates both,’ said Elizabeth Olsen.
‘The NGV is pleased to announce Elizabeth Olsen as guest at the inaugural NGV Gala to celebrate the opening of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. We are delighted to stage an international event such as the NGV Gala, which further strengthens our city’s reputation as the Fashion Capital of Australia and the NGV as an internationally-renowned destination for fashion and design,’ said Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV.
‘Melbourne knows how to put on an event and the NGV Gala will be no exception. We are delighted to welcome Elizabeth Olsen to Melbourne and are certain that she, and all guests travelling to the city for this special event, will enjoy the renowned food, fashion and warm hospitality of the World’s Most Liveable City,’ said Peter Bingeman, CEO, Visit Victoria.
‘Hosting the world premiere of such an exceptional exhibition was a massive coup for Australia and for the National Gallery of Victoria. This is just the sort of new news that generates international destination interest and having Elizabeth Olsen in town too adds a further talking point which is great for Melbourne and for Australia,” said John O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Tourism Australia.
Attendees at the NGV Gala will enjoy exclusive first-access to the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, which features 140 breath-taking, hand-crafted haute couture garments.
The NGV Gala will be held at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia on Saturday 26 August 2017. Tickets are available from NGV.MELBOURNE.
The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture will be at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia from 27 August to 7 November 2017. Tickets on sale now from NGV.MELBOURNE. Member $22 | Adult $26 | Concession $23.50 | Child (5–15 years) $10 | Family (2 adults + 3 children) $65.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of The House of Dior’s debut spring-summer 1947 collection, the National Gallery of Victoria presents the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV International from 27 August to 7 November 2017.
Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior, Paris, and features a sumptuous display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed between 1947 and 2017.
Other highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic Spring 1947 ‘New Look’ collection, which is considered a groundbreaking moment in the history of fashion, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ball gowns and evening dresses, as well as recent designs from the House’s first female Creative Director, Maria Grazia-Chiuri.
The exhibition narrates the rich history of the fashion house, including 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. These comprise of Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia-Chiuri.
The exhibition will also explore Dior’s unique affinity with Australia, including the historic spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, which featured 50 original creations by Christian Dior. This was the first representative Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris.
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