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A touch of Parisian glamour will come to Adelaide next year when the Art Gallery of South Australia hosts an exhibition of haute couture fashion from top French designers.

Announced this morning, the Fashion Icons show will feature more than 100 lavish garments from the likes of Christian Dior, Gabrielle Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Cristobal Balenciaga.

They are drawn from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and will chart the rebirth of French fashion from World War II until the present – from “the lavish splendour of the 1950s, the futurist dynamism of the 1960s, the inspired emancipation of the 1970s, the unbridled excess of the 1980s, and the pure minimalism of the 1990s”.

Christian Lacroix, from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Christian Lacroix, from the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Curator Pamela Golbin, from the Paris museum, said in a statement that the designs showed fashion could be viewed as a history of art and beauty.

“The works selected for this exhibition perfectly illustrate the style of each of the mythical couturiers behind this history of luxury and sumptuousness.”

Art Gallery of SA director Nick Mitzevich said he expected the exhibition to have cross-generational appeal and provide inspiration for the Australian fashion industry.

Fashion Icons: From the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, will open at gallery in October 2014 and run throughout the spring and summer.

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