From 1800s

[Pics] The Fashion Detective at the NGV

If you haven’t seen the Fashion Detective exhibition, currently on at the NGV Ian Potter Centre until the end of August, I thoroughly recommend it. The NGV team has outdone themselves this time, combining not only historical 19th century fashion but providing insights into their forensic work to determine the origins and construction of items. You’ll see and read details within the – sometimes deadly – fabric. They’ve also applied a criminal element, collaborating with crime writers to produce fiction. Entry is free so there’s no excuse not to see it! I didn’t manage to get through it all when…

[Exhibition] Antipodean Steampunk at the National Trust

An exciting new exhibition opens at the National Trust next week: If today’s technology had been introduced in the 19th century, what would the world look like? The Antipodean Steampunk Show attempts to answer this question in a fascinating mash-up of past, future, and fantasy. Born in literature in the 1980s as a response to the sci-fi ‘Cyberpunk’ genre, the visual richness of Steampunk work soon transcended the page. Its influence can be found in film and fashion, as well as in the workshops of scores of hobbyist tinkerers and professional artists alike. The dynamic works to be exhibited include…

Labassa: Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

I have a complicated relationship with the past. It’s always there for me: old houses, cars, furniture, music, books and of course – fashion. It’s my whole life and I’ve never known anything different – I appreciate that there are those who love to have new things but for me, old is where it’s at. At various times I’ve dressed head to toe in a particular era – like the purists do – and I’ve also moved through many sub-cultures including mod, rockabilly and goth – but underneath it all, always were the vintage clothes. Sub-cultures tend to draw heavily…

The Midland Grand Hotel – London

I like to bring you lots of images and it’s not always possible – thankfully in this case, there are lots of photos! One of the things I really enjoy is exploring old buildings – especially if they’re in original condition. When we last visited London in February 2005, we were able to get a peek inside the old Midland Grand Hotel. Built in 1873, it’s the impressive building next to Kings Cross St Pancras Station and the scene of many films and the Spice Girls’ video clip for “Wannabe”. It had been closed for a long time and was…

An opportunity to visit Loel Thomson’s Costume Collection

Hi all, I’m organising a group to see Loel Thomson’s Costume Collection. Loel is a private collector who has dedicated her time and resources to the collection, preservation and display of two hundred years of Australian fashion. Many of her pieces were included in my book Love Vintage. I’m sure that she has the best collection of Australian fashion in the country, as well as jewellery, accessories and lace. There’s also an impressive tea cosy collection! When: Wednesday 17th February at 7pm. Where: The Costume Collection, 39 Greenaway Street, Bulleen. What: Tour and talk on 200 years of Australian fashion.…

What Women Wore: Fashion at a glance 1820-1960

I’m pleased that the oldest piece in my personal collection is now on display at the City Museum for an exhibition on womens dress. Details: What: What Women Wore: Fashion at a glance 1820-1960 When: October 2009 – February 2010 Where: City Museum, Treasury Building, Spring Street (top of Collins Street) Melbourne Cost: Adult $8.50 Concession $5 I acquired this in 1989 from a Sydney private collector, the crimson silk gown dates from the late 1820s – for twenty years I had thought it was the 1830s but when I recently unpacked it from the hundred or so layers of…

New NGV exhibition: Persuasion, Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen

This week the National Gallery of Victory unveil a new costume exhibition – Persuasion, Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen. The two earliest garments in my collection are from the 1820s – a white cotton chemise and a crimson silk gown with puffed sleeves and petal collar. I’ll see if I can dig up photos of them for you. In the meantime, go and see the beauties on display at the NGV. Where: National Gallery of Victoria, International (St Kilda Road) When: May 22nd to November 8th. Cost: free entry. From the NGV’s website: Persuasion: Fashion in the Age…

Fashion in the Age of Queen Victoria: The Darnell Collection

You may recall that late last year I visited Charlotte Smith and the Darnell Collection of antique and vintage clothing (you can see my previous post and a few snapshots here). Quite a few people expressed interest in seeing the Collection, so I’m pleased to report that the Bendigo Art Gallery is about to open an exhibition of Victorian garments from the Collection, called “Fashion in the Age of Queen Victoria”. Image shamelessly stolen from the Bendigo Art Gallery’s website – Trousseau dress 1881. Details: Where: Bendigo Art Gallery When: 17th May to 20th July 2008 Admission fees apply. This…

The Costume Collection: Victorian era

Part Three of our visit to Loel Thomson’s Costume Collection. Loel has a wonderful collection of garments from this era, it was hard to pick just a few. The bold colours of the silks have been well preserved and are still striking after all these years. Loel researches all details thoroughly and styles the hair and mannequin to match each era. 1850s Crinoline Click on the link to see more photos…

The Costume Collection: Early 19th century

Part Two of our visit to Loel Thomson’s Costume Collection. Here is a shot of part of the exhibition space: I must admit to focusing on twentieth century costumes, and now wish I took more of the early pieces – here is an Empire line gown from about 1810 and a couple of Regency era costumes from about 1820.