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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…

Dior and I, and Advanced Style giveaway

Have you seen the new documentary about the House of Dior yet? It’s obligatory viewing of lovers of haute couture, as it gives a view into the makings of a new collection and launching it. It focuses on Raf Simons’ first collection in 2012 and is wonderful for an examination of how the historical legacy influences his designs, which he combines with his modern aesthetic. What really impressed me was the skill and dedication of the team behind him – the women and men who have been with the House of Dior for a long time and developed an impressive…

[Film] Advanced Style – and a contest

The other night we were treated to the new documentary “Advanced Style” based on the New York blog. From the official site: Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent, stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging, and Western’s culture’s increasing obsession with youth. It’s an engaging and life affirming film about some very interesting women and how…

Vintage in film and TV – and a contest

Over the last ten years, there’s a long list of film, theatre and TV productions that have utilised costumes and props from Circa. It’s one of the aspects of my work that pleases me the most – contributing in a small way to creative projects. Since moving to the city in 2012 and focusing more on the webshop, this part of my business has increased a lot and I like to think that I’m making it easier for costumers around the country to find what they’re looking for. Here are a couple of recent works. Anna in “A Place to…

Audrey and Givenchy

Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy – one of the greatest collaborations in the history of fashion. I’ve been treating myself to some Audrey films lately: first Sabrina, and then Charade. She’s wonderful! I was travelling on the Metro in Paris, when I noticed the headlines: “Audrey Hepburn est morte”, so for me Audrey and Paris will always go together: I’m sure she would approve. She loved Paris, and Paris loved her – both Sabrina and Charade feature scenes in Paris and it was here that she met the young Givenchy at his first, informal fashion show. Audrey was sixteen…

[Contest] Win tickets to see “Grace of Monaco”

Next week sees the opening of new film “Grace of Monaco” and Entertainment One Australia have offered some double passes to Circa readers. “Grace of Monaco” is a fictionalised version of events in Princess Grace of Monaco’s life in 1962. Six years after Grace Kelly married Prince Ranier, she was mother to two children and sought to return to Hollywood for the Hitchcock film “Marnie”. I read a fascinating biography of Grace once, and her life was a complicated and enthralling one. She was an interesting woman. I also enjoyed the exhibition a few years ago of her personal wardrobe…

[Talk] The Costumes of Marilyn Monroe

Hi all, I’ve loved Marilyn since I was a child and now – for the first time – I have an opportunity to present a talk on her costumes and why they’re so fabulous and special. ACMI have invited me to speak as part of their Hollywood Costume exhibition in a one off event. “The Golden Age of Hollywood” will be hosted by Clementine Ford and include Cinema Fiasco (Geoff & Janet) who will “humorously dissect some film trailers”, plus someone from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery will be discussing costuming the ’20s in modern times. Singer Ilana Charnelle will also…

“Gatsby? What Gatsby?”

I’ll admit it – I was worried. Baz Luhrmann. F. Scott Fitzgerald. 3D. There’s a lot going on with Baz’s version of Fitzgerald’s most popular novel “The Great Gatsby” so before I stepped foot in the cinema (graciously screened at ACMI, thank you for the tickets) I gave myself a pep talk: Luhrmann was an artist, not an historian. He was also not a fan of literature – to him, the source material would be just that: a starting point for his creative vision. We need more artists – Luhrmann is one of the few directors working in the mainstream…

Natalie and I

It’s been movie stars all over the place at Circa lately – and Natalie Wood holds a special place in my heart. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to purchase some costumes from the film “The Mystery of Natalie Wood” – I still have some, but most went off to happy homes including a Kimbra film clip for her song “Settle Down” and Candice DeVille’s personal wardrobe. A costume from a film about Miss Wood is one thing, but an actual costume she wore in one of her major roles is another thing entirely. Then Peter walked in…

[Film] Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.

In many ways I feel that fashion in the 20th century can be split into two portions: until the 1960s fashion was received from up above, the glamourous world of Haute Couture, when a lady needed to be grown up and over thirty to be elegant and then, from the ’60s when most style influence comes not from top designers but from streetwear: what young and creative people are wearing, what boundaries they’re pushing. In turn that can inspire a great designer to introduce a new style, but they’re unlikely to be the originator, more someone who is sensing the…