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[Auction] The Darnell Collection De-accession – Sydney

If you care about fashion in Australia you’re probably familiar with the Darnell Collection, the largest private collection of international couture in Australia, curated by Charlotte Smith and frequently put on display at exhibitions and events. Over the past ten years, the collection has grown and grown and Charlotte is now offering up a selection for your acquisition, so she can focus on the more special pieces. From the official site: Theodore Bruce are proud to present the de-accession of The Darnell Collection with over 500 lots of antique and vintage fashion, including garments, accessories, lace and mannequins. Ranging from…

[Auction] 7,000 Costumes and Vintage Clothing Sale

I’ve just come back from a sneak peek viewing of a large collection of costumes and fashion that is being auctioned this Sunday. This is the private collection of one person, that was stashed in an historic home in the country Victoria and it’s quite a find. What: Costume and vintage clothing auction When: Sunday October 27th from 10.30am Viewing: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. Where: 17 Wills Street, Melbourne More information at the Glenelg Auction Centre site and auction Facebook page. There is a mixture of film and theatre costumes, fancy dress costumes (especially lots of childrenswear) and…

Pics from the Edward Steichen Deco fashion exhibition at the NGV

So last night Tim and I went to the opening of the new fashion and photography exhibition at the NGV. Here are some pics – I wish I’d taken some of the fabulously dressed people though! You should have seen Richard Nylon in his two toned lace up stiletto boots or Fashion Hayley in her bold black and white striped dress: but the social photographers will hopefully make up for it. We’re so lucky in Melbourne to have so many brilliant creative dressers. In the meantime, here are some frocks and coats. If these don’t convince you to see it…

Len Vogue Melbourne

There’s nothing new under the sun, is there? I’m reminded of this constantly when I see contemporary fashion ranges because they’re always similar to something that has been done before – currently we’re seeing a lot of the late ’70s to early ’80s and a smattering of early to mid ’90s. For me, all of it was more interesting the first time around so it works best when a new spin or twist can be applied. Today I read this: It sounds like the current crisis, doesn’t it? Except that this is old news from The Age in 1974! I…

[Exhibition] ABC Costumes at Rippon Lea

The other night, Tim and I went to the launch of the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival at Rippon Lea – and were amongst the first to see an exhibition of ABC wardrobe costumes from many decades, on display in the mansion. From the National Trust’s site: As an umbrella event for the Glen Eira Council’s Story Telling Festival, Rippon Lea House & Gardens is hosting an exhibition of 20-25 costumes from ABC programs from decades past. Costumes play an integral part of storytelling on Screen. The ABC has produced and presented some of the best television on Australian screens and…

[Exhibition] Hollywood Costume at ACMI

I’m beyond excited about the upcoming “Winter Masterpieces” event at ACMI – this is a real coupe for them, the amazing exhibition of Hollywood costumes that has recently finished at London’s V&A museum. From the website: Hollywood Costume explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling. Bringing together the most iconic costumes from a century of filmmaking, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters in films from The Wizard of Oz (1939) to Titanic (1997), Ben-Hur (1959) to James Bond (2007). This groundbreaking exhibition unites classics from the Golden Age…

A visit to the Fashion Meets Fiction exhibition.

Recently Rina from Take 2 Markets and I went to see the Fashion Meets Fiction exhibition at Burrinja Cultural Centre in Upwey. I thought you might like to see some pics. In keeping with the theme of fashion and fiction, all of the displays were to accompany a book: I love reading so this was a pleasure. Whenever I pick up a new book, I always look first to see when it was written, or when it was set, so that I can mentally clothe and house the characters in the correct setting – this meant that there was sometimes…

[Exhibition] Fashion Meets Fiction

A new exhibition of fashions from the Darnell Collection has opened in Upwey. From the website: “Fashion meets Fiction is an exciting and innovative exhibition concept that brings together our love of popular fiction and its many famous colourful characters with the cultural trend towards high-end fashion, and particularly period pieces. In partnership with Eastern Regional Libraries and celebrating the National Year of Reading, this exhibition travels through time and the popular culture and fiction of the periods, drawing together the threads of character, period, fashion and finery.” What: Fashion Meets Fiction – the Darnell Collection When: 9th November to…

Pics: Loel Thomson’s Latest Costume Exhibition

Last night was a wild and woolly evening, and by the time I’d spent two hours driving v-e-r-y slowly through storm and traffic jams, I was quite frazzled and fully expected to be late. As it was, I was the first one to arrive at Loel Thomson’s amazing costume museum. Many of us didn’t make it though, so if you missed out, or would like to come and see the collection on another day (or perhaps live on the other side of the world) here are some pics from her latest exhibition. Loel’s museum is amazing: I can’t emphasize this…

A visit to Loel Thomson’s Costume Collection

An evening visit to Loel Thomson’s amazing collection of period dress has been organised for next month: What: The Costume Collection, talk and tour. When: Thursday 16th February, 2012 ā€“ 6pm ā€“ 8pm. Where: 39 Greenaway Street, Bulleen. Cost: $5 which Loel donates to a local nursing home. Bookings: call Circa on 9419 8899. Loel is a private collector who has dedicated her time and resources to the collection, preservation and display of over two hundred years of Australian fashion. Many of her pieces were included in my book Love Vintage. Iā€™m sure that she has the best collection of…