Originally published on Issimomag.com
The National Gallery of Victoria has just unveiled one of its most exciting exhibitions to date: The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Couture.
The event is a huge retrospective of Dior couture pieces and all that they have created since Dior was founded 1947. But with something so vast it can be easy to lose your way and leave the exhibition feeling overwhelmed.
Here are five tips on how to make the most of the exhibition and really immerse yourself in the allure that is Dior.
1. Make notes
It may be very busy and it will be hard to read every bit of text and note every detail on a garment. There may be lots of people pushing to get a close up. It would almost be impossible to sit and draw something or watch the entire video runways they have showing. Instead, make notes of your favourite pieces you may want to read about or draw later – and then look them up when you get home. If you want to watch all the runway shows, write down which ones they were. Unless you go to the exhibition on a quiet day, you’re not going to have the chance to read and watch everything.
It’s obvious that you’ll want to take photos. But be warned. The lighting is very dim in order protect the dresses. So up your exposure or do a little editing later.
VSCO, Cortex cam and Manual are some good apps for editing and taking shots in low light.
3. Look at the back of the garments
If you want to get the get the full effect of each design, make sure you inspect the back of each item. Much of Dior’s garments are beautiful from the front but normally they have something extra special on the back. They can really surprise you.
It’s a big exhibition and there’s a lot to look at so take your time. Eat beforehand, wear comfy shoes and don’t go too late as the NGV closes at 5pm.
One of the most exciting parts of the exhibition is that it houses work from all of Dior’s head designers.
Along with the original work of Christian Dior, other designs showcased in the exhibition are by Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri’s .
If you’re keenly interested in fashion it helps to know what belongs to whom and get a feel for their style and era before heading in.
The exhibition isn’t in chronological order but once you know a Galliano from a YSL you’ll find it easy to spot them.
NGV INTERNATIONAL GROUND LEVEL
Until NOV 7 2017
OPEN 10AM–5PM DAILY
NGV FRIDAY NIGHTS OPEN 6–10PM