Fashion Record

Thursday, August 06, 2009

UTS: Fashioning Now

Romance was Born (with Del Kathryn Barton), The Garden of Eden, 2008. Photo: Limuel Martine

'Fashioning Now: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes' is an exhibition which seeks to 'highlight the diversity of sustainable solutions currently being explored by designers, researchers an manufacturers, while predicting possible scenarios for a future fashion industry'.

The Fashioning Now exhibition is divided into 4 categories: Source, Make, Use and Last - to follow the lifecycle of a piece of clothing, from its production to its end. The exhibition features: Romance was Born, Alison Gwilt, Perfect T-Shirt / Better Thinking Ltd, Alex Martin, Jennifer Shellard, Bijan Sheikhlary, Helen Storey, Timo Rissanen, Issey Miyake and The Local Wisdom project by Dr Kate Fletcher.

The Fashioning Now exhibition runs from Tuesday 28 July to Saturday 29th August 2009, opened on Tuesday evening 6-8pm by Dr Gene Sherman. The exhibition is part of the Sydney Design 09, presented by Powerhouse Museum.

Go to the UTS Gallery site at or contact UTS at for more information about the Fashioning Now exhibition, associated events and bookings.

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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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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Akira Isogawa - Sydney Design Week

Akira Isogawa will be in conversation with curator Glynis Jones for a Powerhouse Museum lunchtime talk on August 8, 1230pm-130pm. Akira is also featured in the Fashion from Fleece exhibition, running until August 22. For more info about this talk, go to Sydney Design Week Talks.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Fashion from Fleece

'Fashion from Fleece' is a exhibition created to mark 200 years of Australian wool in fashion. Pieces on display will range from modern to vintage to historical, and covers Australian and international designers.

The vintage selection includes pieces from Christian Dior, YSL, Chanel, Balenciaga, Giorgio Armani and Jenny Kee. The contemporary designers include Akira Isogawa, Josh Goot, Easton Pearson, Jayson Brunsdon, Proenza Schouler and Martin Grant.

The exhibition will run from 25 July to 22 August 2007. The exhibition coincides with Sydney Design Week(4-19 August 2007). Check the Merino Innovation site. The exhibition is assisted by Australian Wool Innovation and Qantas.

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Powerhouse Museum

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Saturday, April 21, 2007

High Tea With Mrs Woo at Powerhouse Museum

Went to the Insight on Sunday talk on April 15, which featured the 3 Chinese-Australian sisters behind the label High Tea With Mrs Woo. The sisters described their inspirations from Malaysia, how they made their start in Newcastle, and then described some recent highlights, including reSkin (Wearable Technology Lab and symposium in Canberra), a stay at a World-wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) site in Japan, to representing Australia at Shanghai Fashion Week.

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Talks at Powerhouse Museum

Powerhouse Museum has started a series of talks :Inside Stories(Wednesdays 12.30pm-1.30pm) and Insights on Sunday(Sundays 2.00pm-3.00pm)

For Inside Stories, Powerhouse Museum professionals showcase stories from their areas of expertise. Fashion linked areas include: decorative arts and design and preservation & heritage management.

Insights on Sunday covers topics from a range of guest speakers and you can take up the conversation with the speakers in the cafe afterwards. Fashion insights include: The fashion design sisters behind the label 'High Tea with Mrs Woo'(15 April), Fiona Holley(wardrobe supervisor for the Sydney Dance Company), and Grace Cochrane, a visiting curator for the 'Smart Works: design and the handmade' exhibition currently at the Powerhouse.

For more information on these talks, go to Wednesday Talks or Sunday Talks at the Powerhouse Museum site.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Young Blood Designer's Market

The Young Blood: Designer's Market is run by the Powerhouse Museum Sydney to showcase young Australian design talent. You can shop around for original designs which range from fashion to furniture, homewares and lighting design.
The stallholders are situated at Powerhouse Museum from Friday 20 April 6-9pm to Saturday 21 April 8am-5pm. Entry is free.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Florence Broadhurst - Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives

The enigmatic Florence Broadhurst(1899-1977) has had a lot more press in recent times. Theres been a revival of her work by international designers, a retrospective of her work at the Powerhouse Museum, a movie of her by Gillian Armstrong ('Unfolding Florence: The colourful life of Florence Broadhurst', in 2006), and her latest (authorised) biography, 'Florence Broadhurst - Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives', by Helen O'Neil.

Her early life began with a career as a singer and then in the arts, taking her to Asia and in turn, England. She made her mark back in Australia with dazzling designs in the areas of fashion, interior design and graphic design. She was also known as a notable socialite in Sydney high society.

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Student Fashion - Sydney

The Powerhouse Museum are holding their annual Student Fashion Exhibition. Three top Sydney graduating students have a selection of their garments on display: Kim Deters(Sydney Instutute of Design, Ultimo), Amy Yong(Whitehouse Institute of Design) and Sophie McGinn (University of Technology, Sydney)
For more information about this exhibition, click on the Powerhouse Museum site, or head down for a look. The exhibition runs from Feb 17 to Jun 3.