Fashion Record

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Contemporary Japanese fashion: the Gene Sherman collection

Black coat, nylon/polyester, designed by Yohji Yamamoto, Japan, early 1990s
Black coat, nylon/polyester, designed by Yohji Yamamoto, Japan, early 1990s. Gift of Gene Sherman, 2009. Photo: Paul Green.

"I have never owned a pair of jeans. They look so uncomfortable, so thick and unyielding. I like dressing up. It transports my mind to another zone" - Gene Sherman.

Dr Gene Sherman is a former Trustee of the Powerhouse Museum and noted connoisseur, collector and wearer of fashion by leading Japanese designers.

The Contemporary Japanese fashion: Gene Sherman Collection is a selection of Dr Gene Sherman's personal collection of garments and accessories by Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto.

The collection will be on show at the Powerhouse Museum (500 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney) from 28 February 2009 to 31 May 2009.

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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Remaking Fashion

The "Remaking Fashion" exhibition at the National Gallery Victoria(NGV) in Melbourne examines an emerging aesthetic "where elements of clothing construction have become components of design". Hidden elements such as fasteners or foundation materials, or processes such as basting or raw hems have become part of the aesthetic appeal of the garment.

The collection draws on the NGV's collection of Pierre Cardin toiles, used in the 1960's to make Pierre Cardin dresses for the Australian market.

The exhibition also features contemporary examples of the aesthetic by designers such as Rei Kawakubo (Comme de Garçons), Maison Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang and John Galliano.

Remaking Fashion is located at Level 2 Myer Fashion and Textiles Gallery, NGV International at 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne from Friday 26th September 2008 to Sunday 19 April 2009.

NGV Remaking Fashion

Remaking Fashion John Galliano dress no.39 for Christian Dior
CHRISTIAN DIOR, Paris couture house
est. 1946
John GALLIANO designer
born Gilbraltar 1960, emigrated to England 1966, worked in France 1991–
Dress no.39 2000 spring–summer, made 2003, The Tramp collection
silk, paint, lacquer, metal, viscose, nylon, paint
224.2 cm (centre back) 35.0 cm (waist, flat)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Norma and Stuart Leslie, Governors, 2002

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Saturday, February 23, 2008


Chiodo is one of Melbourne's top menswear destinations. The store (started by by Andrew Chiodo) carries the Chiodo label, renowned for thoughtful, confident and quirky takes on menswear classics. The Chiodo range includes shirts, belts, jackets, ties and t-shirts.

The Chiodo store also carries other labels like Comme de Garçons (including shirts, accessories + Fred Perry/Comme de Garcon polo shirts and shoes), Y-3(including t-shirts , polo shirts, accessories and shoes) and ic! Berlin eyewear.

The store itself is known to be as striking and stylish the items it holds. Multi-level, with high polish concrete floors and metallic medical-like benches, it is located at 114 Russell Street, Melbourne (0061 3 9663 0044).

Visit for more information about Chiodo and its labels or check out the store at Russell Street.

Comme de Garçons
ic! Berlin

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Our Spot

Shirts on rack
Shoes, Hat and Magazines
South Wall rack of shirts
Launched by Claire Cooper and Dion Kovacevic, fashion boutique Our Spot set out to offer labels they had fallen in love with during their time overseas. (Cooper worked in the music industry and Kovacevic was a pro-skater)

Our Spot made the move to 220 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst back in 2005, and have continued to develop a discerning and eclectic range of local and international labels.

The selection includes pieces from Rittenhouse (high end casual fashion from Sydney), Nom de Guerre (design collaborative from New York), Comme de Garçons (the beloved label from Rei Kawakubo in Tokyo), Common Projects (simple, luxe sneakers from designers Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami), as well as upcoming pieces from Robert Geller's Spring/Summer 08 menswear collection (recently launched New York label).

You can visit Our Spot online for their latest news or better yet visit them at their striking locale at the corner of Liverpool and Crown Street in Darlinghurst, Sydney.

Our Spot
Nom de Guerre
Comme de Garçons
Common Projects
Robert Geller

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