Posted on February 28, 2013 by admin

It’s going to happen in Melbourne, Australia. The National Gallery of Victoria will host this small but powerful exhibition on two pivotal fashion designers: Christian Dior and Yohji Yamamoto. There have been several moments that have entirely changed the way people dress. In 1947, Dior’s debut spring collection completely transformed fashion from the angular silhouette of the 1940s into softer feminine hourglass shapes with wasp-waists and billowing skirts almost overnight. Carmel Snow at Harper’s Bazaar dubbed it the ‘New Look’. In 1981, Yohji Yamamoto’s debut Paris collection also changed the course of fashion history, shaking up the concept of Western-style clothing with a rag-like collection and throwing the fashion world into controversy. His collections created a new vocabulary in fashion which has altered its course. Yamamoto did not introduce this look alone, but his work holds particular resonance with the work of Dior. The exhibition draws out some of those connections through selected garments, photographs and prints. Captivating style, 1950s Melbourne features key artists who helped to cultivate Melbourne’s era of style and glamour during the 1950s.

16 Mar – 28 Jul 2013, NGV International


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