Tartan talk – The Johnson Collection

Often wondered how tartan came to be established as a fashion statement?  Learn about its history and symbolism in this fascinating talk. SAVAGE NATIONALISM: Tartan from William Wallace to Alexander McQueen with Dorothy Morgan Is tartan a fabric or a design, a marketing opportunity or a tool of imperialism, a fashion statement or a subversive weapon,...
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Jane Birkin – with bags of style

Think eternal style with an oh-so-cool French twist, and the name that springs to mind is Jane Birkin. From the 1960s to the present day, her hallmark has been her natural beauty and simplicity of style. Born in 1946 to an English actress and Royal Naval Lieutenant Commander, Jane burst onto the London swinging sixties...
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‘The Dressmaker’ – couture and glamour

Couture and glamour have taken over Ripponlea House & Gardens in a major new exhibition of outstanding costumes featured in the movie The Dressmaker, a comedy-drama set in early 1950s Australia. Go in pursuit of romance and style and see the striking designs by Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson. Discover the artistry and the creative techniques used in bringing the authenticity...
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Chanel for Mother’s Day and every day

When giving or receiving, there’s nothing quite like a touch of Chanel.  For many different reasons, we need to reward ourselves and others with a degree of magnificence. Presented in a selection of stunning jars, the range of Chanel body creams makes the cut. The expressive scent of COCO in evocatively present in this delicately...
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200 Years of Australian Fashion

The National Gallery of Victoria’s latest fashion exhibition celebrates 200 years of Australian fashion  bringing together the work of more than 90 designers and creators from colonial times to present day. The exhibition traces a myriad of trends and attributes, teasing out those that have shaped the development of Australian style,  by focusing on four distinct periods...
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