Fashion Record

Friday, March 27, 2009

Simone LeAmon - 2009 Cicely and Colin Rigg Design Award Recipient

Simone LeAmon Lepidoptera chair 2008
Simone LeAmon
born Australia 1971
Lepidoptera, chair 2008
stainless steel, polyurethane, polyester
110.0 x 85.0 x 70.0 cm
Collection of the artist, Melbourne
© Simone LeAmon

National Gallery Victoria(NGV) has announced Simone LeAmon as the recipient of the 2009 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award.

The prize of AUD$30,000 was awarded to LeAmon for her chair, titled Lepidoptera(pictured).

The 2009 competition comprised the work of 14 furniture designers of contemporary seat furniture. The designs were judged by Dr Kees Dorst, Professor of Design at the faculty of Design, Architecture and Building of the University of Technology, Sydney and senior researcher at the department of Industrial Design of Eindoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.

The award is a generous legacy of the late Colin Rigg (1895-1982), a former secretary of the Felton Bequests' Committee for the NGV. The award focusses on contemporary seat furniture design.

The 2009 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia from Thursday 12 March to Sunday 30 August 2009. Admission to the exhibition is free.


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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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Jessie Tucker Lingerie

Jessie Tucker creates beautiful, limited edition lingerie, designing styles and patterns influenced from her painting and costume design background.

The style of each of her collections is set by themes such as 'Airmail', or 'Tales of a Wholesome Vamp'. Her latest is 'The Lace Tent & the Treehouse'. Her lingerie has even been featured at the Nation Gallery Victoria, to accompany the recently held Vivienne Westwood retrospective.
In 2004, Tucker expanded her range to include t-shirts.

Go to for more info on the collections and where to find them, or visit her online shop at

Jessie Tucker

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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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