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MSFW2015

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2015

It’s on again, and this year there are some nice events for us to see and enjoy fashion at its finest.   Running from August 28th (today!) to September 4th, here are some recommended highlights. Hope to see you at some of them.   The Dapper Guide to Vertical Melbourne – a free walking tour…

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[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…

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[Exhibition] Orry-Kelly: Dressing Hollywood

I’ve been looking forward to seeing this one for a while, a new exhibition to accompany the film “Women He’s Undressed”.   Winner of three Oscars® (for Some Like it Hot, An American in Paris and Les Girls) and designer of costumes for a staggering 295 films (including Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon), Orry-Kelly is…

The Grand Tour 2015

So, yes, holiday! Tim and I have just returned from five weeks in Europe where we visited many cultural sites in Italy, France and the UK. A highlight of course was the opportunity to see some wonderful fashion exhibitions and I thought you might like to hear about them too – because even if you’re not able to visit them in person, they all have books and merchandise you can order online and they’ll send them to you. Ah, the wonders of the modern world. Plus there are many images online too, if you’d like to see more. First up…

[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…

[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] Fashion Icons at the Art Gallery of South Australia

I hope to get over to Adelaide to see this great new exhibition – lucky Adelaide! Here are some details from the website: Over 90 emblematic haute couture garments created by the world’s leading fashion designers will be drawn from the most comprehensive collection of French fashion in the world, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and curated by the museum’s 20th and 21st Centuries Fashion and Textile Collection Chief Curator, Pamela Golbin. ‘The works selected for this exhibition perfectly illustrate the style of each of the mythical couturiers behind this history of luxury and sumptuousness. Spectacular designs by Cristobal Balenciaga,…

[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…

[Exhibition] Love, Desire, Riches – The Fashion of Weddings – and a contest

Please accept my apologies for neglecting to share some photos taken at the opening of this wonderful new National Trust exhibition. This exhibition opened a while ago, and closes at the end of this month but hopefully it’s not too late to go and see it now. From the site: The collection spans over 200 years of fashion, including pieces from the world-leading designers such as Valentino for Princess Marie Chantal of Greece. A mini retrospect of leading Australian designers – Akira Isogawa and Collette Dinnigan will showcase their fashion career. Celebrity gowns include dresses designed for Jennifer Hawkins (Maticevski)…