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200 Years of Australian Fashion – Exhibition Review


Written by Andrea Boundy, Head of Design and Digital

The NGV is currently showing over 120 outfits from more than 90 Australian designers as a showcase of Australian fashion from the last 200 years. Each exhibition room is beautifully themed to reflect the era being represented as you travel through time from Colonial Sydney and Melbourne through to the 60s and then to the present day.

Now I must confess that I’m no fashion aficionado, but I do appreciate the artistic value of runway fashion, even if it’s generally not practical for everyday wear – or affordable (well, at least not for me).

A real highlight was the room dedicated to ‘Flamingo Park’, which is a fashion label by Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson who opened their doors in 1973. Their work features bold and bright patterns and clearly deviate from what was mainstream at the time. They drew inspiration instead from the Australian landscape, Indigenous Australian culture and also the multi-cultural influences from new migrants.

My one criticism perhaps is that mens’ dress was under represented, but the exhibition was still worth a look!

200 Years of Australian Fashion is running at the NGV until 31 July 2016.


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