Tag Archives: Fashion Detective

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

Come into the parlour – A room for kids

Fashion Detective is an exhibition of unattributed works dating from the nineteenth century conceived of as a series of ‘cases’ requiring investigation. Presented as small vignettes telling different stories of analysis and deduction, the exhibition is conceptually and visually playful. …  More

The Man

Fashion Detective author Sulari Gentill and Sisters in Crime Australia authors Leigh Redhead and Phillipa Martin led a fiction writing workshop at the NGV inspired by the mysterious objects in Fashion Detective. Here is one of the best stories, as …  More

Faking it

These ice skating boots in Fashion Detective are a bit of a mystery. The catalogue entry reads: ‘early to mid 20thC skating boots’…and not much else. Peer a little closer (or with a stereomicroscope and x-ray, very close) however, and …  More

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