200 Years of Australian Fashion

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) have been known to have great exhibitions featuring fashion. This year the NGV are showcasing Australian designers with a display of 200 Years of Australian Fashion.

Presenting 90 designers and featuring more than 120 works including Australia’s earliest known surviving dress, a 1950’s blue featured ball gown by Collins Street boutique “La Petite” and a dress from Collette Dinnigan which was part of her 1995 Paris runaway show where was the first Australian designer to show at Paris Fashion Week.

Dion Lee has been commissioned a new piece of work that demonstrates Australia’s design practice and approach to the fashion industry.

Its features current designers Akira, Richard Nylon, Ellery and Toni Maticevski. Also included are pieces from the Fashion Design Council (FDC) which was established in 1983. Designers associated with the FDC include Jenny Bannister, Sara Thorn and Kara Baker.

Discover about the early dressmakers and tailors who adapted European fashion to the Australian class system, lifestyle and climate are celebrated as well the first department stores such ad Buckley & Nunn, David Jones, Farmer and Co and Bright & Hitchcock.

You can view works by Prue Acton who was the first Australian female designer to show in New York are included as well the famous Australian inspired knitwear from Flamingo Park boutique designed by Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson.

200 Years of Australian Fashion is part of the Cultural Program of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF).

With more than 120 years of collecting fashion and textiles, come and experience 200 Years of Australian Fashion at NGV Australia until 31 July.

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