All About Dominique Sirop At The National Gallery Of Victoria

Melbourne is the city where fashion thrives. It speaks loudly on the streets, and style like coffee runs through our veins. Fashion is first and foremost art and both seasoned designers and budding fashion protégés will be delighted to hear of the NGV’s latest procurement; a collection of Parisian haute couture by Dominique Sirop.

There are no less than 130 heritage pieces featured in the collection, includings works from fashion icons such as Givenchy, Chanel, Charles Frederick-Worth and many other influential designers. Former assistant to Givenchy; Dominique Sirop and his collection is a staple of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and no doubt will become a frequently visited exhibition. Each piece an artwork of it’s own, fashion’s the rarest of the rare – featuring work from Christian Dior’s first collection.

The collection was purchased with funds donated by the ever so fashionable and philanthropic Krystyna Campbell-Pretty, who’s donation is not only a generous addition to the NGV, but to the fashion culture of Australia. The donation is a befitting tribute to her late husband, Harold Campbell-Pretty whom both shared a love of high fashion and incredible style.

Along with the pieces; a pivotal archive was also donated. This archive revolutionising the study of fashion and design; not only are these primary documents, photographs and sketches it also includes magazines from early Vogue and Harpers Bazaar which are an invaluable asset.

The couture collection and the fashion archives will be a permanent exhibition and will open to public in early 2018. You don’t have to be a fashion disciple to appreciate the magnificence of such a collection. Beauty and history is bursting at the seams, with the collection sure to educate, illuminate and inspire.




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