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Australia to Host Couture Exhibition

Museum in Adelaide is to trace French fashion from 1947 to the present day.

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: High fashion is going Down Under. The Art Gallery of South Australia said it would showcase more than 100 iconic couture outfits in an exhibition titled “Fashion Icons,” slated to open in Adelaide on Oct. 25 and run through Feb. 1, 2015.

All of the dresses are to be drawn from the archives of Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, with its chief curator of fashion and textiles, Pamela Golbin, heading up the showcase and industrial designer Christian Biecher creating the look of the show.

The chronological exhibition is to trace the evolution of French couture from 1947, when Christian Dior’s “New Look” ignited a splendor in the Fifties that yielded to futurism in the Sixties, emancipation in the Seventies, excess in the Eighties and minimalism in the Nineties. Designs from Cristóbal Balenciaga, Gabrielle Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent are among those to be showcased.