Fashion Record

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Putting the T in TGV

The Galleries Victoria (TGV) at 500 George Street in Sydney is running "Putting the T in TGV" T-shirt design competition.

To enter, start at TGV site ( and download the Photoshop template, and use it to save and upload a couple of pics of your work. After voting by the public, the first, second and third place people's choice awards will be announced and the overall winner will have their design printed on 1000 limited edition T-shirts.

The competition closes on Sunday 20 July 2008. For more information on the competition terms and conditions, go to the "Putting the T in TGV" site: (


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Monday, June 23, 2008

Replay Model Competition

Replay Faces Competition Erin McNaught
Italian denim legend Replay has launched Reply Faces 2008, an Australian-wide, online model search competition. The competition is run with Replay partners Chic Management and Oyster Magazine. Running from June to September 2008, entry is as simple as uploading a photograph to the REPLAY Faces website ( The competition was launched on June 4, at a Sydney event hosted by Erin McNaught.

See the website for more details about the competition and prizes.

Replay's Australian and NZ exclusive distributor is NMI (

Replay Faces
Chic Management
Oyster Magazine

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Generation S

On May 7 2008, The Embassy of Sweden showcased the latest in Scandinavian style with the "Generation S" event, held at Oxford Art Gallery(38-48 Oxford St, Sydney).

Camilla Norrback's Australian launch was at Generation S (an ecological fashion label with designs inspired by Art Deco).

Julian Red (poetry, art and fashion mixed into designs both serious and lyrical) also made their Australian debut at Generation S.

Cheap Monday (inspired by Eighties funk and Nineties neon) presented their signature denim line coupled with their off-beat neon, acid bright and psychedelic collection.

KOSTYM by Cheap Monday (translates as 'Suit' in Swedish) offered an elegant, tailored collection - suits with a sharp combination between early 80's Manchester punk and gothic rock.

Footwear company Gram was also there with its stylish, ruggedly elegant distinctive dress shoes.

Dr Denim Jeansmakers completed the list of six fashion labels at Generation S. Its SS08 collection pays homage to the last 3 decades with straight leg and flared styles.

Generation S also presented Swedish electro-pop duo The Sound of Arrows. Stefan Storm and Oskar Gullstrand formed The Sound of Arrows in 2006 from a project to make a Christmas song from sampling a children's choir from YouTube.

Camilla Norrback
Camilla Norrback
Cheap Monday
Cheap Monday
Dr Denim
Dr Denim Jeansmakers
Gram Shoes
Julian Red
Julian Red
The Sound of Arrows
The Sound of Arrows
Camilla Norrback
Cheap Monday
Dr Denim Jeanmakers
Gram Shoes
Julian Red
The Sound of Arrows

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Taisho Chic - Art Gallery NSW

Taisho Chic Nakamura Daizaburo-Woman(1930)
Featuring about 70 paintings, prints, textile and decorative arts, the exhibition: "Taisho Chic – Japanese Modernity, Nostalgia and Deco" encapsulates the clash and embrace of Western modernity and traditional Japan via the Taisho and early Showa eras from 1912 to 1930s.

The exhibition highlights the changing role of women during the Taisho period which splits between the image of the modern girl "modan gaaru" or "moga" and the traditional girl "bijinga". Items include: Kobayakawa Kiyoshi’s Tipsy (1930) embodying the modan gaaru, dressed in a sleeveless polka-dot dress and sporting a short hairdo. Or Nakamura Daizaburo’s Woman (1930, pictured above) portraying film star Irie Takako. An image of sophistication, she wears a bright red kimono and reclines on a 19th century European-style chaise longue.

Taisho Chic exhibition is on loan from the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Taisho Chic will be on view from May 22- Aug 3 2008 at the Art Gallery of NSW Art Gallery Road, The Domain Sydney (ph 02 9225 1744). See the Art Gallery NSW for admission details Art Gallery NSW

Taisho Chic

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Safari Lee Jewellery

Safari Lee is an artist and jeweller based in inner Sydney. Her pieces are crafted from precious metals, rich enamel and gemstones.Safari currently has five collections, inspired from a range of themes.

Her collections include: "Iconic" (solid Sterling Silver and solid 18 carat Gold), "Tattitude" (Designs to remind you of the tattoos on your Grandpa's arm - rich enamel, precious gemstones and 18ct yellow gold in colourful arrays) and "Classic Motor" (Pendants inspired by Vintage motor shapes like Vespas and Triumph bikes).

You can buy Safari Lee pieces at: Gallery Adagio - Glebe, NSW (02 9552 2833) and Pablo Fanque - Paddington, NSW (02 9357 4887) or on Safari Lee's online store at

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Anthony Manuatu is the winner of the 2008 'Art on the floor' competition run annually by the International School of Colour and Design together with Designer Rugs.

Manuatu's design 'Muck' was chosen from more than 400 entries. The design was said to be "inspired by the simplicity of nature's palm leaves and circles". As the major prize Manuatu received a 200x300cm rug in his design. The 'Muck' design is also available for projects via Designer Rugs.

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Monday, June 02, 2008

Yves St Laurent Dies at 71

One of the greatest fashion designers of the 20th Century, Yves St Laurent, died on June 1, 2008. This SMH article gives a brief summary of his life and his history making fashion career. Yves St Laurent Dies at 71