Sofitel Melbourne celebrates 70 years of Dior

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As fashionistas flock to Melbourne for the National Gallery Victoria’s (NGV) never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins has launched a series of couture cocktails to celebrate.

As the official accommodation partner, the Sofitel Atrium Bar’s master mixologist Marc Dasan has created a signature range of cocktails celebrating four ‘Codes of Conduct’ synonymous with the House of Dior. Atrium Bar will serve the signature Code of Conduct Cocktails from Thursday – Saturday from 1 September until 4 November 2017, coinciding with NGV’s exhibition.

The Parfum 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.

Special guests were treated to a sneak peek at the menu on Thursday showcasing the four new cocktails which included The Parfum, inspired by feminine fragrance, a passion embodied by his first collection in 1947 unveiled alongside this first parfum, Miss Dior.

“Inspired by the original Miss Dior Eau De, we have created a frozen perfume bottle made entirely of ice to hold our signature Parfume cocktail,” said mixologist Dasan. “Composed of bold floral-based notes, this concoction is a showstopper.”

The 18th Century cocktail is inspired by French history and the Palace of Versailles gardens. “The deep red colouring with gold accents resembles the opulence of the 18th century, whilst the fairy floss pays homage to Marie Antoinette’s most famous hairstyle – the pouf,” Dasan adds.

The Line cocktail- Spiced Rum, Pedro Ximenez and Mozart Dark, garnished with fresh fig.

The third cocktail, The Line is inspired by the distinct lines that form the silhouette of Dior’s designs. “The sharp lines of the martini glass paired with the soft curve of the fig gives the cocktail a signature silhouette.”

The Flower cocktail – Grey Goose Le Citron, Lillet Blanc, Crème de Violette and rosewater-infused ice sphere with a frozen pink rose.

Lastly, The Flower is inspired by the embellished fabrics and rich detailed patterns of Dior’s designs. This cocktail is constructed with a frozen rose sphere allowing rosewater to melt into the drink.

Featuring more than 140 garments designed by Christian Dior, the exhibition is exclusive to Melbourne and narrates the rich history of the fashion house, providing insight into the Dior atelier workrooms and the milestones of its six successive designers following Dior’s death in 1957.

Highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic spring 1947 New Look collection, displays of Dior’s signature gowns and much more.

“The exhibition will invite Australian and international audiences to discover some of the most significant couture designs of the 20th and 21st centuries,” said Tony Ellwood, director, NGV.

The exhibition is the biggest retrospective held in Australia and is accompanied by a dynamic programme of talks, tours and events.

Words: Gwen Luscombe

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