Admire over 120 works from more than ninety fashion designers in a major survey exhibition of Australian fashion at NGV Australia.
Since settlement, Australian fashion has been shaped by geographic, seasonal and cultural variants, and defined by colloquial vernacular.
In every era, Australian designers have consciously defined the character of how we dress according to local terms of reference. Even today, Australian style can be understood as the by-product of independence and impertinence.
From the early dressmaking establishments of Brisbane to the mid-century salons of Collins Street, to the contemporary studios by Bondi’s beaches, 200 Years of Australian Fashion traverses over two centuries of fashion design in Australia.
Staged across four large galleries at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, 200 Years of Australian Fashion celebrates Australia’s unique voice and impact on the fashion industry internationally, showcasing the work of contemporary designers such as Dion Lee, Ellery, Romance Was Born and Toni Maticevski alongside key designs from the past 200 years, including exquisite examples of historic design.
The NGV presents a diverse range of programs for 200 Years of Australian Fashion, including opening weekend pop-up design talks and a symposium exploring the question, what is Australian fashion?
Curators, designers, practitioners and academics will actively engage audiences in programs throughout the exhibition period including design talks, curator’s perspectives, designer-led workshops, a discussion series and intimate behind the scenes: Fashion Collection sessions.
born Australia 1950
Models wearing Flamingo Park knits including Big fish
dress and hat 1979
© Linda Jackson