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The days are definitely getting chillier and as we hit the winter months, if you're anything like me than hibernation often looks pretty appealing, or at the very least, you'll be seeking out some indoor activities that can see you through the cooler times and although shopping malls are a safe haven for winter, they're not so safe for the bank balance. So if you're after some free fashion fun, then head along to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), and check out the 'Dior and Yamamoto: The New Look' exhibition.
Admittedly the exhibition is pretty small but for fashionistas, you're sure to get a wee flutter of enjoyment from seeing several pieces of famed designers Christian Dior and Yohji Yamamoto within touching proximity - though just to be clear, I am not endorsing you do this! A personal favourite was the 1947 Zelie, cocktail dress - undoubtedly different to those you see nowadays on a Saturday night down Bourke Street.
The small size of the exhibition also means you can safely drag your significant other along with the comfort that if they wander off while you meander (which mine did), they won't get far enough for you to have to consult the staff and put a 'missing persons' announcement over the loud speaker.
Alongside some of the statement garments that have shaped the direction of fashion, the exhibition also features some artwork of notable influential designs and video segments from runway shows. There are information plaques dotted around which provide an interesting insight into Dior and Yamamoto - their designs, and the designers themselves, and also the New Look genre.
And just before you head back down the escalators, wing it to the left on your way out to have a sneaky peek (pun intended) at a small collection of sneakers, that illustrate the history of the dynamic footwear trend over the past decade. The JS Bear hi top from Jeremy Scott in collaboration with Adidas is fabulous!
The Dior and Yamamoto: The New Look temporary exhibition is free entry and on at the NGV until the 28th July.