Shaping Elegance: Robert Fritzlaff exhibition – Como House

Cut and pasted from Como House’s site.

12 March-14 June 2009 at Como House.

“The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) is proud to present Robert Fritzlaff – Shaping Elegance. Shaping Elegance gives us a glimpse into the creation of couture – its craftsmanship, technical virtuosity and etiquette. A retrospective of Paris trained Australian couturier Robert Fritzlaff, this exhibition will showcase his fashion, illustration and photography from 1955 to 1980. Shaping Elegance is a unique opportunity to tell the story of Australian couture and re-discovers Fritzlaff’s place in the history of fashion.

Como is open daily from 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4pm). Admission prices (including entry to the exhibition are: Adults: $12; Concession: $9; Child: $6.50; Family: $30. Group rates are available – call 9827 2500 for further information or to book.

Photo: National Trust.

A catalogue of the exhibition is available for purchase for $20. “


  1. I would just like to inform you that it was my Mother in Law (Nelly Van Rysoort) who embroidered that Gown of the Year in 1962 when Robert won. It may be of some interest as well that in this exhibition my wife (Iris Norton daughter of Nelly Van Rysoort) has also embroidered a number of pieces for Robert’s collection.

    I only offer this information as I feel it’s those finishing touches that quite often get forgotten about and yet they are quite an intricate part of the whole presentation.

    Regards, Robert Norton

  2. Thank you for your comment Robert: you’re quite right.

    Whilst we tend to give designers all the attention, they wouldn’t be able to present beautiful works were it not for the skilled and talented people who help them.

  3. I was recently at the divine exhibition ‘Shaping Elegance’ and would like to add that Iris Norton’s gorgeous beading was in fact acknowledged publicly on a number of occasions by the Trust and by the designer himself. I am also aware of an exhibiton, ‘Fabulous’, also at Como House, which was devoted soley to the work of her mother Nelly Van Rysoort. I do not believe in this case that Iris or her mother’s work has been forgotten at all.

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