“The detail is as important as the essential is. When it is inadequate, it destroys the whole outfit.” — Christian Dior

A couple of years ago, I went to an exhibition called The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

I doubt anyone could ever call me a fashionista, but I do love beautiful things — and that  exhibition was a feast of beautiful things.

“A dress is a piece of ephemeral architecture, designed to enhance the proportions of the female body.” — Christian Dior

Understandably, the gallery lighting wasn’t great for photography,  but I hope these few images can convey some of the design genius and attention to detail that has made the House of Dior famous.

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35 thoughts on “Detail

  1. Gorgeous. I live above (and rent to) the Fashion History Museum. I get to see beautiful designer duds (including Dior) every day if I want. They are amazing up close. And I am NOT a fashionista either. I get most of my clothes from the grocery store (Joe Fresh) or Costco…LOL!

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  2. Gorgeous details, Su. I buy most of my clothes at the thrift store, but have quite a nice wardrobe, although the dressy things generally are only worn for church. My everyday things have to be practical and I sometimes get more than one of an item if I love it.


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  3. These are all stunning!

    I went to a similar Dior presentation here in Toronto a few years ago and was underwhelmed. With a few notable exceptions, I found it bland and uninspiring. Apparently the curator can make or break an exhibit!

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    • That is so true about curators — and I guess also what they have to work with. The exhibition I saw was created in conjunction with Dior, and had 140 dresses, etc. It filled several of the galleries.

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  4. Beautiful details, Su. My eyes are drawn to the last outfit in particular in that magnificent vibrant green. The embroidery is marvelous. I’d love to have a few extravagant items of clothing, but I’m probably never wear them!!

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  5. The bottom 2 on the left, especially – the red and the green. I don’t think I would have the courage to wear them to anything but a red carpet event (Ha! Like that would ever happen.) but they sure are wonderful. 😀

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      • I would feel very self conscious, but just think how much fun it would be to dress up like that – especially if you went with a friend. A really high end halloween party, perhaps? Although then I’d be terrified about ruining the museum dress. And then, there would also be the entrance fee………… Ah well, problem solved. No dates on my calendar. 😉


  6. I adore the details and totally get what he said about them being so important. These dresses are as much pieces of art as they are haute couture. Even though I probably will never have an opportunity to wear such dresses I really would love to at least once in my life. 😊 (And they would have a pretty tough job getting me undressed again!! 😂) I think it’s amazing you were allowed taking pictures at all. It wouldn’t be possible around here.

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    • I know what you mean about having a chance to wear a beautiful couture dress — it must be an amazing feeling.
      Most exhibitions I’ve been to seem fine with photography as long as a flash isn’t used. The exception I can think of was Yayoi Kusama: Infinity, which I was really sad about because lots of the pieces were so reflective, visitor images would have been amazing.

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