Museums Australia Costume Special Interest Group

BLACK. Masters of Black in Fashion & Costume

Posted in Exhibitions by amysilver on February 9, 2010

BLACK. Masters of Black in Fashion & Costume

Momu’s newest exhibition illustrates the historic phases of the colour black, with examples from painting, historic costume and contemporary fashion. It also looks more deeply into the textures and the potentials of black in diverse materials, including fur, leather and lace. In addition, the exhibition includes masterpieces by contemporary designers who, like the city of Antwerp, have a special connection to black.

With silhouettes by Belgian designers as well as international couture houses: Ann Demeulemeester, Olivier Theyskens, Dirk Van Saene, Givenchy (Riccardo Tisci), Chanel, Gareth Pugh and more.

The exhibition BLACK. Masters of  Black in Fashion & Costume runs from the 25th of March till the 8th of August 2010 in MoMu, Antwerp, Belgium.

Paragon Shoes at Museum Victoria

Posted in Exhibitions by amysilver on January 21, 2010

Paragon, Court, Black and Silver, Made by Paragon, 1930's. Image Sarah Parker and Cherie McKeich. Source: Museum Victoria

A selection of iconic Melbourne shoes.

This display features a selection of 34 Paragon shoes representing almost 100 years of Melbourne’s fashion history.

Paragon focused on women’s shoes, drawing their inspiration from the latest Paris, London and New York styles. The display includes items such as a peep-toe crocodile skin shoe, ultra high heel and a court shoe that resembles a masked face, exploring the history of shoe fashion through the Paragon story.

For almost 100 years Paragon Shoes, a family business, designed and created shoes in Melbourne. Their shoes were sold throughout Australia and New Zealand, and at its height the company produced over 100,000 shoes per year. The Paragon Shoes display offers visitors an insight into local Melbourne manufacturing, fashion, and design.

Drape Classical Mode to Contemporary Dress at NGV International

Posted in Exhibitions by amysilver on January 21, 2010

PACO RABANNE, Paris (fashion house) est. 1966 Paco RABANNE (designer) born Spain 1934, emigrated to France 1939 Evening dress (c. 1973) aluminium, silk 149.0 cm (centre back length); 32.7 cm (waist, flat) Purchased, 1994

2 December 2009 – 27 June 2010
Fashion & Textiles Gallery, Level 2
Free entry

This exhibition drawn predominantly from the NGV collection, will feature fashion, sculpture, painting, decorative arts and photography from antiquity to the present day to explore the practice of draping cloth on the body in two dominant modes, clinging drape and elevated drape. Clinging drape relies on a direct interaction between the body and cloth, as in classical sculpture, while elevated drape shows drape theatrically animated away from the body as in the festooning of fabric over crinolines and bustles.

Within this historical framework, this exhibition will also explore the works of twentieth and twenty-first century designers such as Rei Kawakubo, Vivienne Westwood, Gianni Versace, Christian Dior, Balenciaga and Hussein Chalayan who have created works that reference the history of drape while extending the boundaries of fashion.

The 80s are Back at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

Posted in Exhibitions by amysilver on January 21, 2010

“It was en era when there were no limits, androgyny was accepted into the mainstream and women were fierce!”
Ms Fitz, Stylist, designer and performer

From the theatrical flourishes of Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes to Katharine Hamnett’s slogan T-shirts – from Madonna’s outer-underwear to Margaret Thatcher’s bow tie blouses and power suits – the 80s saw as many fashion styles and statements as there were parties, boardrooms and protest marches to be seen wearing them. This section of the exhibition looks at a few of these fashion statements and what they tell us about the decade.

As part of the Powerhouse Museum’s extended exhibition on the 1908s until late 2010.

Bernhard Willhelm & Jutta Kraus at Groninger Museum, NL

Posted in Exhibitions by amysilver on January 21, 2010

The Groninger Museum presents a major solo exhibition of the work of Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus (both, 1972) on the occasion of their tenth working anniversary. In the course of these ten years, Willhelm and Kraus have realized more than 30 collections. The exhibition will offer an extensive selection from these, with both men’s and women’s wear.

13 December 2009 to 11 April 2010

Together Alone, Australian and New Zealand Fashion at the NGV

Posted in Exhibitions, News by amysilver on November 5, 2009



Maticevski, Melbourne (fashion house) Dalí goddess evening dress 2007 summer 2007


1 October 2009 – 18 April 2010
Myer Fashion & Textiles Gallery 12, Level 2
Free entry

As close neighbours, Australia and New Zealand share common fashion ground. Intellectual and creative undercurrents bind the region, while geographic, historical and cultural nuances generate a range of creative responses. As regional identities in a global fashion system, antipodean designers have received international recognition for their distinctive and original approaches.

Bringing together a selection of work from the past twelve years, Together Alone highlights the dynamic practices of eight leading Australian and New Zealand fashion houses – Akira Isogawa, Toni Maticevski, MaterialByProduct, Romance Was Born, Doris de Pont, World, Nom*D and Zambesi. Resisting dominant fashion trends, these designers have developed their own aesthetics and have garnered attention locally at Australian and New Zealand fashion weeks and on the global stage in London, Paris and New York.

Drawing largely on recent acquisitions, this is the first exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria to investigate and contrast the divergent sources of inspiration that lie at the heart of these designers’ works. The diverse approaches to fashion represented through these eight fashion houses at once dispels the stereotyped references to the ‘casual and carefree’ nature of Australian fashions and the ‘dark and gothic’ label frequently attached to New Zealand design. With over forty works on display, the exhibition spans the period when independent fashion design from Australia and New Zealand moved beyond regional boundaries, influencing how fashion from the area has been perceived in the last decade.

Text  from NGV

Shape: Arnhem Mode Biennale

Posted in Uncategorized by amysilver on June 8, 2009
Klavers van Engelen
Image: A Shaded View on Fashion


Every two years the Arnhem Mode Biënnale presents the state of affairs in fashion design at an international level. This year the biennale runs from June 6 to July 6 2009. This years theme is Shape:


Vision, material, concept and construction are the elements needed to achieve form. Form is currently setting the tone in fashion. During the biennale dozens of fashion designers demonstrate that there is more than one way of attaining exceptional forms. The starting point for Jil Sander’s Summer 2008 collection was geometric forms, such as the triangle, circle and rectangle. Moulage (creating patterns in three-dimensional space) is the basis for the feminine gowns by Lanvin. Thom Browne designs men’s fashion inspired by his admiration for existing forms. These and other interpretations of the aspect of SHAPE will be explored in the guise of clothing, images, texts and historical references.

Member Function and Annual General Meeting

Posted in Events, Exhibitions by amysilver on April 19, 2009

Join the Costume Special Interest Group committee for a member event at Como Historic House and Garden for a viewing of Shaping Elegance: Robert Fritzlaff, Couturier, with a floor talk by Curator Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna.

Date: Thursday April 30, 2009
Place: Como Historic House and Garden, Cnr Williams road and Lechlade avenue, South Yarra
Time: 6.30 – 8.00pm
Cost, SIG members: Free
Cost, non members: $10
RSVP: Contact Nina Shadforth at, by Friday April 24

The event incorporates the 12th Annual General Meeting, which will take place from 6.00 – 6.30pm

Costume Special Interest Group Committee Nominations

Posted in Committee by amysilver on April 17, 2009

Nominations for many positions within the committee of the Costume Special Interest group are now available. Positions to fill are:

Vice President
Ordinary Members 

Nominations are due 5pm April 28, 2009.

For a nomination form or further information please email Nina Shadforth on

Please note: To serve on the committee, the nominee must be a member of Museums Australia.

Costume Australia Issue 1/2009

Posted in Costume Australia by amysilver on April 7, 2009

Out soon.

Dressed for the Occasion. Charlotte Smith, Museum Victoria
Hussein Chalayan. Donna Loveday, Design Museum London
Looking Inside Out at the Costume Museum of Canada. Jennifer Bisch, Costume Museum of Canada
Camoflaogue: from Combat to Couture. Sarah Scaturro, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum
The Virtual Shoe Museum. Liza Snook, Virtual Shoe Museum
Lace Encounters at the Powerhouse Museum. Lindie Ward, Powerhouse Museum
Dresstudy, a History of KCI, an attempt of Fashion Studies.
Makoto Ishizeki, Kyoto Costume Institute