I couldn’t prepare myself for what I was about to experience during the media preview of 200 years of fashion. I was transported back in time and witnessed the evolution of fashion designs and designers throughout history. Featuring more than 120 pieces by 90 designers. A celebration of Australians designs culture, which deserves a standing ovation to what we have achieved.
Inside the exhibition will take you on a fashion journey, from the colonial period showcasing the earliest of Australian designs, including the earliest surviving dress made in Australia.
To the replica of a department store set in the late 1800’s giving you an insight to what Buckley & Nunn and Farmer & Co would’ve been like during that century. Not to mention a Paris-like Salon
showcasing of the 1930's, 1950s and 60s gowns including a standout piece in the collection a blue feathered beaded ball dress by La Petite.
Not to mention the iconic mini-dresses, including designs by Prue Acton, who created her brand at 19 years of age and was the first female Australian designer to show in New York.
Flamingo Park which showcases Australians daring designs, such as native flora and fauna, through the landmark work of Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson pioneered in the 1970s.To the celebration of the 80's which features a time of disco fever.
To present day designers showcased current aussie talent include Ellery, Toni Maticevski, Pageant, Romance Was Born and Di$count Univer$e.
And the grand finale of the exhibition which will leave you in total memorisation where you could quite literally stare at it for hours is a commission dress by Dion Lee comprising a four-metre-tall gown, encrusted with Swarovski crystals.
This exbhition is one not to be missed. 5 March and runs through 31 July at NGV Australia.
Special thanks to NGV for having me xx
Ground Level, Temporary Exhibitions
5 Mar 16 – 31 Jul 16