This spring, fashionistas will flock to Melbourne to visit the never-before-seen The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition at the NGV – but where do you go after that for your Dior fix? This cocktail bar in Melbourne has the answer.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the House of Dior, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins will serve a series of couture cocktails created by master mixologist and Atrium Bar Manager, Marc Dasan.

Check out each of the four Dior-inspired cocktails below.

THE FLOWER

Christian Dior used the flower as an inspiration to structure his garments and as a motif to embellish fabrics with rich detail and patterns. His love of gardens and flowers stemmed from many happy hours spent as a child in the walled gardens of his family’s home in Granville.

The Cocktail: Grey Goose Le Citron, Lillet Blanc, Crème de Violette and Rosewater infused ice sphere with a frozen pink rose.

THE PARFUM

For Christian Dior, a couture dress was unimaginable without the finishing touch of femininity – fragrance. This passion was embodied by his first collection in 1947, when his ‘New Look’ was unveiled alongside his first parfum, the iconic Miss Dior. 

The Cocktail: Remy Martin VSOP, Tanqueray Gin, Earl Grey syrup and dash of Pernod and grapefruit bitters served in a glass perfume bottle with a smoked fumed glass.

THE 18th CENTURY

Christian Dior was very engaged with his French history. He and Dior’s successive designers took inspiration from the 18th Century’s exaggerated silhouettes, architecture, decorative arts, the gardens of Palace of Versailles and embroidered silks of the time.

The Cocktail: Kettle One Vodka, Crème de Cassis, Crème de Mure and lime juice with white chocolate and pineapple foam, garnished with Persian saffron fairy floss.

THE LINE

With collections spanning 1947-1957, Christian Dior developed a series of distinct lines that informed the silhouette of his designs. The Zig-Zag, Tulip, Oblique, H and Y lines are just a few of his defining shapes.

The Cocktail: Spiced Rum, Pedro Ximenez, Mozart Dark and garnished with fresh fig.

Sofitel’s Atrium Bar will serve the signature Code of Conduct Cocktails Thursdays – Saturdays, from 1 September until 4 November 2017, coinciding with NGV’s The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition.

-Text and images above provided by Sofitel. Compiled by Bianca O’Neill / InstagramTwitter

 

 

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