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THOMAS HARRISON, Melbourne Hat (1934-1939)

Thomas Harrison’s millinery career spanned more than forty years – a period which saw the heyday and decline of the hat as a key item in a women’s wardrobe. During the 1940s Harrison typically employed around twenty-three ‘girls’ in his …  More

George Kral

As Susan van Wyk wrote in a recent blog post, photography is a fascinating adjunct to Mid Century Modern: Australian furniture design. She discusses a number of photographs of interiors by Wolfgang Sievers, which illuminate the collaborative relationship between architects and furniture …  More

Zhang Huan Shanghai family tree 2001

In 1999 the internationally renowned Chinese performance and video artist, sculptor and photographer Zhang Huan wrote of his distinctive approach to his practice: ‘The body is the only direct way through which I come to know society and society comes …  More

The Case of the missing bride and the forgotten couturier

When I conceived of Fashion Detective I hoped that our investigations would turn up some interesting facts or (fingers crossed) provide some possible answers. I never thought that we would crack a case: especially one so open-ended.   Typically when …  More

A memory of ‘Tiger Stripes’

In Mid-Century Modern at NGV Australia, we see simple furniture transcend into something more than just the objects that could be found in the homes of the fifties, and in today’s retro interiors. Seeing the exhibition for the first time was …  More

Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces – The Break

This week, THE BREAK are performing at Friday Nights at Italian Masterpieces. We asked Jim Moginie, Brian Ritchie and Rob Hirst a couple of questions about music and art. Book now.             Describe your sound …  More

John Brack The bar 1954

While the history of art remained an important touchstone and source of inspiration for John Brack throughout his career, The bar is one of few examples of his work in which there is a direct connection to an artistic precedent. …  More