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David Bowie ACMI

[Exhibition] David Bowie Is

Another very, very eagerly awaited exhibition recently opened at ACMI – the incredibly successful and life-changing “David Bowie Is”.   Being on the ball, you’re probably already aware of it but if you haven’t seen it yet, I wanted to make sure that you don’t miss out. There are some great events too.   From…

ML Vintage

[Sale] The ML Vintage Experience

One from the inbox – Philip Boon and Sonia Audion present The ML Vintage Experience will offer the public a rare chance to step inside the now closed showroom of Mary Lipshut and purchase European designer clothing carefully selected by the lady herself in Milan and Paris across the ’70s and ’80s.   Labels include…

[Exhibition] Stone’s style: Jessica Simon, a life in fashion

There’s a charming exhibition of a local style icon and fashion designer, currently on display in Ballarat. Here are some details from the website: Fashion director, clothing designer, retailer, philanthropist, world traveller and local style icon, Jessica Simon was a key figure in Ballarat’s fashion history. She played a managerial role in her family’s business, Stone’s Drapery Store (in operation 1860-1965), which was widely considered the place in Ballarat for fashion purchases, in particular wedding gowns. She hosted a fashion program on local television station BTV6, and designed many of the garments for sale in the store. Jessica was also…

A Gallivant Redingote

We have such wonderful resources to find information these days but sometimes what you seek can be elusive. I love to look up fashion labels, particular when I like the styles but often they use popular words and google can be unhelpful. Yesterday Becky Lou and I photographed new stock and this style from “Gallivant Coats” caught my eye: 1940s redingote – “hang on” is that what you’re thinking? “What’s a redingote?” I’m so glad you asked. A redingote is a light flared coat secured at the waist and based on historical riding fashions and has appeared at many times…

[Pics] JP Gaultier exhibition at the NGV

One wonderful day I went – twice – to the National Gallery of Victoria to see the new exhibition on the work of Jean-Paul Gaultier. Incredible. Amazing. Beautiful. There is so much that I’d like to say, but it’s best if his work speaks for itself. This is truly fashion as high art, couture quality, impeccable eye for detail. So kind and generous for Monsieur and the NGV to share it all with us. All I can really say is “go and see it”. See it more than once, and take your time to admire all the little touches, the…

[Exhibition] JP Gaultier at the NGV International

Another wonderful and exciting fashion exhibition is about to open and tonight I’m off to see a preview. From the NGV’s site: The unconventional and playfully irreverent designs of Jean Paul Gaultier will be celebrated in the first international exhibition dedicated to this groundbreaking French couturier. The National Gallery of Victoria will be the only Australian venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which will feature more than 140 superbly crafted garments in addition to photographs, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from runway shows, film, television, concerts and dance performances. This spectacular overview…

Travel in Style

Over the last decade I’ve noticed a worrying trend – dressing down to travel. Now, I don’t know about you but I don’t get to travel enough and it’s always a treat. Whether it’s for work or pleasure, the way you dress affects how you feel and how you’re treated. I get that you’d like to feel comfortable, but there’s no reason why casual clothes have to be as ugly and unflattering as tracksuits or pyjamas, items which are best kept for private spaces, not public ones. An article in Slate by J. Bryan Lowder called “Take a One-Way Trip…

[Sale] Hawkeye Vintage and the last of the Mary Lipshut Collection

Opening this Friday, Hawkeye Vintage is offering unworn designer vintage fashion and the last of the famed Mary Lipshut collection of ’60s and ’80s – here you will find brand new vintage fashions from Missoni, Pucci and Courreges, with their original swing tags amongst many other fabulous labels. Mary Lipshut amassed an incredible collection of European fashion and this once in a lifetime opportunity is not to be missed. You can read Philip Boon’s lovely tribute to Mary here, including some of her amazing styles which hopefully will be available this weekend. Lady Melbourne also has written a fine blog…

[Pics] Jenny Bannister Retrospective fashion parade

So last night Tim and I went to see the Jenny Bannister fashion parade – and it was fantastic. Light, colour, movement, excitement, texture. Sexy and fun and inspiring. A lot of leather. It’s filled me with wonder for her ’80s fashions which (if you know me) takes some doing because I remember the ’80s all too well and most of it wasn’t very interesting. Jenny is different though, she’s the rock chick of Aus fashion. Her models cut up the catwalk to an incredible soundtrack by DJ Viva L’Amour covering the years of the fashion and dressed devastatingly by…

[Event] Jenny Bannister Retrospective: fashion parade and art auction

This Tuesday Philip Boon is hosting a retrospective of iconic Australian designer Jenny Bannister to raise funds for the Prahran Mission. A fashion parade of over 60 of her incredible outfits from the ’70s-’90s, plus an art auction of works by internationally known artists inspired by Jenny’s illustrious career will be auctioned for a good cause. With a very special surprise musical performance by the Chantoozies! It’s sure to be a night to remember. Jenny’s fashion in Vogue magazine, source Sarah Kempson. What: Philip Boon Presents: Jenny Bannister When: 7pm Tuesday 20th May. Where: Where: Deutscher & Hackett, 105 Commercial…