Category: Fashion and Textiles

Linda Jackson Wildflowers 1976

Appliquéd gum leaves, Sturt’s desert peas, strelitzia, boomerangs and love hearts jostle with musical notes across the surface of this multi-layered outfit. Jackson’s appliquéd pieces were inspired by Henri Matisse’s late cut-outs, produced in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Fashion and Fiction

Opening in just a few weeks, Fashion Detective is a new approach to the interpretation and display of fashion and textiles at the NGV.  A playful departure from the usual conventions of chronology, artistry or technique, Fashion Detective is, instead, …  More

Art as Therapy – I can’t be sexy

Philosophers Alain de Botton and John Armstrong of The School of Life have created the Art as Therapy Tour at the NGV. The self-guided tour of selected works from the NGV Collection includes special captions that challenge our assumptions about …  More

A poetic engagement in reproduction #1

For my Melbourne Now installation, A poetic engagement in reproduction #1, I was drawn to a group of eighteenth Century brocade fragments from the NGV’s Fashion and Textiles Collection. These works were a reference point for the production of a …  More

Designing accessories in Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion

Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion has been the first NGV exhibition to engage costume designers for its display. Costume designers Marion Boyce and Gareth Blaha created custom headpieces for each of the 32 mannequins in the exhibition as well …  More

A new year; a new series of Three Thousand DIY workshops

A new year; a new series of DIY workshops hosted by Three Thousand at Melbourne Now. Harvest Textiles doing the hard work teaching kids to makes soft things, Adriana Giuffrida of POMS transmitting mystical meaning through acts of beading and …  More

Behind the Scenes: creating the cover for Art Deco Fashion

The exhibition catalogue Art Deco Fashion has proved enormously popular, partly perhaps because of its striking cover. The cover references an Edward Steichen image, Mrs Robert Johnston in a Coat with mink collar, 1934, which showed a wool jacket with …  More