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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…

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] Future Beauty at the Queensland Art Gallery

Meanwhile, there’s something great on in Queensland too. From the official site: ‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’ explores the tremendous innovation of Japanese fashion designers from the early 1980s to the present. With nearly 100 garments featured in the exhibition, ranging from the classic and elegant to outrageous, this will be a fascinating experience and rare opportunity to view these unique creations first hand. Japanese fashion made an enormous impact on world fashion in the late 20th century. Designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto revolutionised the way we think of…

[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…

[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…

Circa celebrates ten years – with an online sale!

Thank you to everyone who came and visited Circa this week: not surprisingly, it’s been the busiest week we’ve had since moving from Fitzroy, and I’ve loved meeting you all, greeting old friends and sending out so many vintage pieces to happy new homes. As a result, I’d like to continue the in-salon sale for another week of half price bargains. New stock is getting added every day. Come see us Tuesday to Friday, 12noon to 6pm or Saturday 11am to 3pm. There will be final markdowns on the last day – Saturday – with tops and skirts from $10…

Auction: forty years of fashion from the Victoria and Albert boutique

When I read the news this morning, I got excited because the Victoria and Albert boutique must be a vintage shop surely? But no: Victoria and Albert designed their own range of contemporary fashion starting in North Sydney in 1964 and moving to Double Bay soon afterwards, where they traded for forty years. If you know Sydney, you already have a good idea of what sort of stock a North Sydney shop in 1964 and Double Bay for 1965-2004 is likely to have – they picked up a youthful clientele in the swinging ’60s and then probably catered to them…