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The House of Dior

Product Code: SKDiorB1THA 2017

Age Group Adults
Type 5-week courses
Session 2017 - Term 3
Pace 2 hours per week over 5 weeks
Duration 10 hours
Level The House of Dior
A valid registration fee is required in order to enroll in this course (members are exempted).
From 27 August to 7 November 2017, the National Gallery of Victoria will present The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture in celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior. Exclusive to Melbourne, this exhibition will include a sumptuous display of more than 140 garments designed by Christian Dior Couture between 1947 and 2017.
Prior to visiting the exhibition, we invite you to learn more about the history and evolution of French haute couture and how fashion industry was designed and influenced by society and economics.
This short course (5 weeks only) will explore the rise of the French fashion industry. Traveling through time, we will rediscover the birth of modern haute couture in the 1860s (la Belle Époque) and the rise of Coco Chanel who revolutionised the fashion world. We will study the impact society and history had on haute couture through the Vichy regime and how soon after the occupation ended fashion returned to prominence under Dior’s influence. And of course, our study would not be complete without mentioning Yves Saint Laurent and his bold prêt-à-porter line which will shake the foundation of fashion and give haute couture its second life.
A unique cultural workshop open to students from level B1.3 to level B1.7 - Participants will be invited to visit the exhibition with their teacher upon completion of the course (extra fee applies).
  • To register for the morning class, click here.
  • To register for the evening class, click here.
From Thursday, 17 Aug 2017 to Thursday, 14 Sep 2017
  • Thursday - 10:30 to 12:30 - Alliance Française - St Kilda
$220.00 AUD
Approx $166.72 USD

St Kilda branch:
51 Grey Street, ST KILDA
Tel : 03 9525 3463
Fax : 03 9525 5064

Postal Address:
PO Box 2042,

St Kilda branch opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am to 7pm (switchboard/reception: 9.30am to 6.30pm)
Sat: 9am to 6pm (switchboard/reception: 9am to 5.30pm)

How to find us:
Trams: 16, 96, Fitzroy Street
3, 5, 64, 67 St Kilda Junction (3, 64, 67 Alma Road)
Car park available
Wheelchair access

City branch:
Level 13, 55 Swanston St, MELBOURNE
Tel : 03 9525 3463
Fax : 03 9525 5064

City branch opening hours:
Mon - Thurs 9am to 1pm & 2pm to 6.30pm
Fri - Sat: 9am to 12pm & 1pm to 6pm

How to find us:
Trams: 1, 3, 3a, 5, 6, 8, 11, 16, 42, 48, 64, 67, 72, 109
& 112 running down Swanston St (stop: Collins St/Swanston St)
Trains: Flinders St Station is 1 block away

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