Melbourne’s NGV Just Obtained The Wardrobe of Your (Haute-Couture) Dreams

Fashion enthusiasts rejoice! The National Gallery of Victoria has announced the acquisition of one of the world’s most sought-after fashion collections. It includes the most significant French haute couture ever to be acquired by an Australian museum, with works by Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet and Jeanne Lanvin, and an outstanding fashion research archive including rare workbooks and photography by Yves Saint Laurent and Madame Gres.

NGV x Haute Couture - 2018

Dior. Chanel. Saint Laurent.

We could go on, but we’re sure that you’re familiar with these labels even if most of us can’t afford to adorn them.

Why the sudden mention of these high-end labels?

This week, Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) announced that they have sealed the deal on a $1.4 million collection of gowns from some of 20th-century fashion’s biggest names, and the collection spans more than 200 years of design. Woah.

“Parisian collector Dominique Sirop spent decades amassing the collection – he acquired his first piece, a 1945 Paquin black wool number, when he was 14. He went on to be an apprentice under Yves Saint Laurent and a Givenchy couturier – so he knows his stuff.”

But it’ll be a little while before we get to see any of it. Considering 2016 has only just started, the collection won’t be open to the public until 2018.

Don’t worry, we’ll be here to remind you when the time comes. 😉