Drape: Classical Mode to Contemporary Dress – NGV exhibition.

Next week a new fashion exhibition is opening at the NGV:

This exhibition drawn predominantly from the NGV collection, will feature fashion, sculpture, painting, decorative arts and photography from antiquity to the present day to explore the practice of draping cloth on the body in two dominant modes, clinging drape and elevated drape. Clinging drape relies on a direct interaction between the body and cloth, as in classical sculpture, while elevated drape shows drape theatrically animated away from the body as in the festooning of fabric over crinolines and bustles.

Within this historical framework, this exhibition will also explore the works of twentieth and twenty-first century designers such as Rei Kawakubo, Vivienne Westwood, Gianni Versace, Christian Dior, Balenciaga and Hussein Chalayan who have created works that reference the history of drape while extending the boundaries of fashion.

What: Drape: Classical Mode to Contemporary Dress exhibition
When: December 2nd to June 27th 2010
Where: National Gallery of Victoria International, St Kilda Road
Cost: free

Evening gown of silk and aluminium by Paco Rabanne, 1973.

More information can be found at the NGV page.


  1. There seems to be conflicting information regarding when the Drapes Exhibition is open. Is it closed on Mondays or Tuesdays?
    I am only in Melbourne on Monday and Tuesday so it is important I know which day to go to the NGV International.
    I hope to receive a reply from you.
    Kerry Levingston

  2. Hi Kerry,
    the exhibition is on at teh NGV International, which is closed on Tuesdays, so Monday is the best day to visit.

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