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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Monday, November 05, 2007

Therese Rawsthorne's Youth World

Therese Rawsthorne worked at Issey Miyake and Ozwald Boateng in London before returning to Australia in 2003 and launching her Youth World label in 2005.

Rawsthorne's style takes inspiration from 'retro' forms (her 'Strapped Up Swing Tank' dress and 'Maxi Lace Up Pants' come to mind) but the pieces are boldly reworked and recut to reflect beautiful and contemporary lines, with attitude.

Youth World's Spring Summer 07-08 collection is named 'Cake Fight', inspired from the signature colours of its pieces.

Youth World is stocked by such Sydney boutiques as Pretty Dog, Blood Orange and more recently The Corner Shop, in Paddington. The label is also well represented in the USA, New Zealand, Japan and the Russian Federation.
Go to to have a look at Youth World and check out where its available.

Youth World
Pretty Dog
The Corner Shop(Strand Arcade)
Issey Miyake
Ozwald Boateng

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Super Bodies: Heroic Fashion From the 1980s

'Super Bodies' is an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) paying tribute to the structured, body conscious power dressing of women's fashion in the 1980's. Designers such as Azzediane Alaïa, Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake('Bustier' from 1980, above) and Thierry Mugler are included in the exhibition. Super Bodies will run from 22 August 2007 to 3 February 2008 at Myer Fashion and Textiles Gallery, NGV International (180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne). Entry is free.

NGV International

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