Fashion Record

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Made in Britain

Made In Britain by Catherine McDermott
Design historian Catherine McDermott provides an insight on the history and highlights of British fashion with "Made In Britain"(Octopus Publishing Group, 2002).

Made In Britain discusses British fashion from the perspective of historical influences, tailoring, traditional fabrics, evening glamour, rebellion and subversion. British street style, bespoke tailoring, British royalty and Celebrity are some of the other highlights of British fashion that are considered. The revival/rebrand of labels like Burberry, Aquascutum and Jaeger are also described.

Made In Britain also showcases the impact of designers such as Timothy Everest, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westward and John Galliano.

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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 www.ngv.vic.gov.au/remakingfashion/

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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