Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons is one of the most visionary and influential fashion designers working today. Her intent…
The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift is a microcosm of the world of haute couture and Parisian fashion from the late…
In 1854, after a period of over two hundred years of self-imposed isolation, Japan was forced by the United States…
Featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the NGV Triennial surveys the world of art…
In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses, the…
Fashion artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren are the creative designers of luxury fashion house Viktor & Rolf. From their…
This exciting collection display showcases the amazing arts and diverse cultures of the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia, across time,…
A National Gallery of Victoria exhibition in association with Ararat Regional Art Gallery Adorned: Textiles and Jewellery from Central Asia draws…
The name Bulgari is synonymous with 1960s Italian glamour. Richard Burton famously quipped that in the nine months Elizabeth Taylor…
The spectacular and avant-garde creations of Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf are on display in Australia for the first…
This ngatu (painted tapa) exhibition consists of three monumental bark cloth wall hangings created by contemporary artists, Robin White and…
Melbourne and 1960s fashion are the starring subjects of more than eighty striking never-seen-before photographs by fashion photographer Henry Talbot…
Making the Australian Quilt: 1800–1950 is the first major exhibition of its kind to bring together the rich works that constitute Australia’s…
At The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square Over 120 works from more than ninety designers are presented in this…
Embroidery has long held a significant role in the history of English textiles. This exhibition will chart the distinctive highlights of English embroidery over three hundred years from the seventeenth through to the early twentieth century. The National Gallery of Victoria owns a fine collection of the work of English domestic and professional embroiderers dating from the Stuart dynasty to modern times. Many of these works, including an exceptional raised needlework picture from the mid-seventeenth century and samplers spanning some three centuries, have not been displayed for generations.
Our country’s most irreverent brand – Mambo – has turned 30 years old. With its idiosyncratic Australian sense of humour and perverse national pride, Mambo has seemingly grown up.
Mambo: 30 years of shelf-indulgence presents all the ideas, key elements and oddities that have made it one of Australia’s most memorable brands. The exhibition sees NGV Studio housing the largest collection of Mambo works ever assembled, ranging from way back in 1984 to the present day, including original artworks, developmental works (some never seen before) and a retrospective of the most-loved pieces produced during its history.
The unconventional and playfully irreverent designs of Jean Paul Gaultier will be celebrated in the first international exhibition dedicated to this groundbreaking French couturier.
The National Gallery of Victoria will be the only Australian venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which will feature more than 140 superbly crafted garments in addition to photographs, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from runway shows, film, television, concerts and dance performances.
Until 12 April
What happens when fashion and creativity come together? Find out at Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids, an NGV Kids project by Sydney-based fashion designers Romance Was Born. Children and their families can explore this vibrantly designed interactive exhibition, featuring spectacular displays of artworks, fashion, hands-on activities, multimedia environments and other surprises. Children will express themselves as they make accessories and drawings inspired by the world of Romance Was Born.
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Fashion Detective takes a selection of miscellaneous garments and accessories as the starting point for a series of investigations. Using material evidence and commissioned fictions as alternate interpretative strategies, the exhibition is an encounter with the art of detection.
Bushido explores the fascinating world of the samurai who were the warriors, rulers and aristocratic elite of Japanese society for more than 800 years.
From the 12th century through to the end of the Edo period in 1868 the Shogun, regional lords and their warrior retainers (all samurai in their own right) ruled the country and lived to a strict code of ethics. This military aristocracy aspired to a life of spiritual harmony that not only perfected the art of war but also embodied an appreciation of the fine arts that established their life as an art form itself. Throughout these tumultuous times of war and peace samurai virtues of honesty, courage, benevolence, respect, self-sacrifice, self-control, duty, and loyalty combined with their passion for a cultural lifestyle not only established social stability, but also cultivated a legacy of art and culture in Japanese society that continues to this day.
This NGV Collection focus showcases the vibrant print designs of British-born textile artist Michael O’Connell who lived and worked in Melbourne from 1921-1937. From early figurative works, to a fascination with classical motifs, Australiana and later abstraction, O’Connell’s fabrics chart the emergent aesthetic of the modernist age.
The display is just one highlight of the newly refurbished 19th and early to mid 20th century Australian Collection galleries.
Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion comprises over 200 photographs and more than 30 garments. This stunning exhibition captures the sophistication of the modern woman and the elegance of high end fashion from this golden age of fashion and photography.
Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of Melbourne.
This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and NGV International presents the various ways in which visual artists and creative practitioners profoundly contribute to the society in which we live, and to Melbourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.
Melbourne Now is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest curators and artistic collaborators whose expertise and networks represent the excellence and diversity of Melbourne’s cultural community. The exhibition includes a series of ‘exhibitions within the exhibition’: commissions for children and families, installations by artists engaging with the NGV collection, off-site and special projects and a Community Hall and garden inviting a wide range of community expression.
In the 1950s, tree-lined Collins Street was considered Melbourne’s epicentre of style. Here, exclusive salons and millinery houses reigned over fashionable society by selling custom-made luxury to a discerning clientele. Photographers also contributed to the glamour of the precinct.
Dior and Yamamoto: The New Look is a small exhibition that considers two pivotal moments in the history of fashion through designers Christian Dior and Yohji Yamamoto.
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This exciting exhibition draws upon diverse material from across all areas of the NGV’s rich collections to explore a range of living religious traditions found in the Victorian community today. With over 50 works of art, many rarely exhibited before, dating from the medieval period through to the contemporary, the exhibition looks afresh at religious practice and belief as seen through the eyes of artists past and present.
Ballet & Fashion is a joint project between The Australian Ballet and the NGV that showcases some of the most successful collaborations between fashion designers and dance companies over the past three decades. Designing for dance is a remarkably different process than creating for the runway. By embracing the tradition of the tutu or expanding a company’s repertoire with challenging styles, materials and forms, designers have reshaped the look of dance and ballet for the contemporary stage.
For more than 40 years of practice, Linda Jackson played a fundamental role in the development of a distinctly Australian approach to fashion design. Working as an artist outside the conventional fashion marketplace, she devised unique forms of clothing that evolved beyond the sphere of seasonal trends; defying the limits of Western fashion by drawing on an eclectic mix of influences from India, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Kaleidoscope: Art and colour celebrates the power of colour and the impact it has on our lives, from how we see and experience the world around us, to how we employ colour to express ourselves.
A major event in the annual school calendar, Top Arts: VCE 2010 again presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts.
Charting a course between absolute restraint and ostentatious display ManStyle explores the extremes of masculine style and some of the most influential ideas that have pervaded menswear over the past three centuries.
Top Arts: VCE 2004 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young people.
Top Arts: VCE 2007 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts.This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young people.
Top Arts: VCE 2006 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young people.
Top Arts: VCE 2005 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young people.
Top Arts: VCE 2003 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young people.
Top Arts: VCE 2000 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young people.
Top Arts: VCE 2001 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young people.
1956 was a significant year for Melbourne: hosting the Olympics, the intake of post-war refugees and migrants, and the introduction of television. Drawn from the NGV Collection, this exhibition presents a diverse and eclectic range of works to explore notions of cultural identity that defined multicultural Melbourne in the 50s.
Drawn from the Gianni Versace archives in Milan, this retrospective surveys Versace’s major themes and includes garments never before seen in Australia. Transforming design trends of the late 20th Century, Versace created clothing that was visually excessive and which confronted accepted codes of taste, beauty and sexuality.
Avoiding a linear, chronological approach, this exhibition juxtaposes a diverse selection of historical and contemporary works from the NGV’s Australian fashion holdings to offer an alternative way of looking at fashion. Relationships between individual works are developed through themes of the celebrated, ingenious and exotic.
Highlighting the work of 10 Australian milliners and shoe designers, Top to Toe examines the revival of bespoke (handmade) techniques and the emergence of accessory design as an important field within Australian fashion in recent decades.
In 2002, The Australian Ballet commissioned Australia’s top designers to create their interpretation of a tutu to be worn by a dancer of the Australian Ballet. This exhibition features eight tutus designed for the project, along with four from the archives of The Australian Ballet.
At the heart of Guy Bourdin’s fashion photographs is a confrontation with the very nature of commercial image making. While conventional fashion images make beauty and clothing their central elements, Bourdin’s photographs offer a radical alternative. Bourdin presented fashion as the luxurious embellishment rather than the subject of his photographs.
Akira Isogawa is one of Australia’s most distinctive and respected contemporary designers. This exhibition focuses on the creative process that Isogawa embarked upon over a five month period in the lead up to the presentation of his spring/summer collection in Paris in October 2004.
The act of selecting and then wearing a particular designer’s clothes is a relationship, which reinforces the identity of both designer and client. Hunters & Collections pays tribute to this relationship and to the foresight of collectors such as Mrs Mavis Powell, Neil Taylor, Gabrielle Pizzi and Sandra Velik.
During the first decades of the 20th century, the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street, as it was affectionately known, was a popular home to the artistic community of Melbourne. This exhibition brings together commercial and fashion photography from the 1900s to the 1950s reflecting the changing face of Melbourne.
Celebrating fashionable life in Melbourne during the 1950s, this exhibition examines the influences and inspiration behind fashion from this popular decade. Key Australian designers and labels are showcased from the NGV’s Collection, including Le Louvre, Hall Ludlow, Linda Suchestow, La Petite, Georges and Lucas.
This is the first large-scale exhibition of Man Ray’s photography to be presented in Australia. Reflecting the most influential and productive years of Man Ray’s photographic output, most of the 200 works in the exhibition comprise vintage photographs made between 1917 and 1939.
Like a club DJ sampling music on the dance floor, this exhibition interprets the NGV’s Collection in new sequences, where works are arranged in engaging narratives that move across historical, modern and postmodern times. A series of clothing ideas are tracked through distinct groupings, relating works in a thematic dialogue.
This exhibition brings together contemporary, historical, functional, wearable and purely decorative works from the NGV’s Australian Fashion and Textiles collection. Exploring a diverse range of textile techniques, the exhibition includes everything from quilting, embroidery and screen printing, to weaving, crochet, knitting and beyond.
Abstract Mode presents geometric patterns and forms in women’s and men’s fashion and textiles from the 19th century to the present. Works range from the delicate patterns of mid-to-late 19th century women’s dress to the futuristic 1960s style of Pierre Cardin and the energetic sampling of contemporary fashion.
By the late 1930s, Thomas Harrison was Melbourne’s best-known milliner and his hats were coveted by women from all over Australia. This exhibition of more than50 hats from the NGV Collection celebrates Harrison’s legacy, ingenuity and versatility as a bespoke milliner and examines his rich visual, historical and material vocabulary.
Ikat explores the Asian textile tradition by focusing on a particular technique of textile embellishment that is employed throughout the region. Drawn predominantly from the NGV Collection, this exhibition explores a range of motifs and media and the context of Asian ikat textiles and costume.
Drawing predominantly on the NGV collection, Drape features fashion, sculpture, painting, decorative arts and photography from antiquity to now to explore the practice of draping cloth on the body. Designers featured include Rei Kawakubo, Vivienne Westwood, Gianni Versace, Christian Dior, Balenciaga and Hussein Chalayan.
Black in fashion is a perennial topic of discussion. Throughout history the wearing of black clothing has had multiple and often contradictory meanings. At times, it has signified death, power, elegance, urbanity, subversion and sex appeal. This exhibition explores the symbolism and enduring use of black in Australian and international fashion.
Art Deco 1910–1939 is the fifth exhibition in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the NGV and captures the spirit of the Art Deco period by combining important masterworks from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s acclaimed collection with public and private works from around the world.
In recent years, a new aesthetic has emerged where elements of clothing construction have become components of design, and methods specific to the process of making have been reinterpreted as design elements. Remaking Fashion examines the process of making – and evidence of the process of making – in contemporary fashion.
Dressed to Rule exhibits imperial robes of China from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), including robes worn by the Qing Emperor of China and members of the imperial court. The exhibition also features some stunning accessories such as undergarments made of bamboo beads and silk `lotus’ shoes for bound feet.
This exhibition retraces the dynamic changes in fashion during Jane Austen’s lifetime. Featuring more than 70 works, with most from the NGV Collection, Persuasion surveys the period 1770-1830 and includes fashion, prints and drawings, decorative arts and paintings, with a focus on English women’s dress from the early 19th century.
This exhibition celebrates the work of Australian-born contemporary fashion designer Martin Grant. It presents works from the early 1990s, designed after he established his label in Paris, through to his 2006 spring-summer collection. These works offer an insight into Grant’s influences and the recurring themes that characterise his approach to design.
Fashion in the 1960s underwent a radical cultural transformation. As ready-to-wear replaced custom made, a new generation of young Australian designers emerged to produce garments for their own lifestyles. This exhibition looks at the major style shift from middle age to teenage, and considers its influence on contemporary Australian fashion.
This is the first exhibition in Australia to survey the enduring presence of floral themes and motifs within western fashion and textiles. On display are 46 examples of women’s and men’s dress, textiles and accessories dating from the middle of the 16th century to the dawn of our present century.
Sneakers are one of the most exciting and fast-changing phenomena in youth fashion today. This exhibition features 300 of the most coveted examples that have become emblems of style over the past three decades and examines the evolution of sneakers from functional sportswear to cult fashion.
Katie Pye was an Australian fashion iconoclast throughout the 1980s. Individual, experimental and unorthodox, her work challenged the conventional limitations of fashionable dress. Integrating performance, design, art and fashion, she represented an energetic current that introduced new visual and conceptual models to Australian fashion.
Featuring works from pre-independent India to the present day, Cinema India: The Art of Bollywood charts the historical, political and cultural changes experienced by the country, as seen through the eyes of the Bollywood film industry.
Screens have developed as an indispensable element of Japanese architecture and an integral part of Japanese life. Drawn from the NGV’s Asian collection, this exhibition explores the aesthetic and stylistic aspects of the structure and function of the Japanese screen through exquisite examples created between the 17th–19th centuries.
Featuring more than 60 works from five desert communities in Central Australia – Ernabella, Fregon, Utopia, Yuendumu and Kintore – Across the Desert charts the development of batik in Australia, showcasing the NGV’s unrivalled collection of Indigenous textiles.
A commanding trend in women’s fashion in the 1980s was the rise of the ‘Super Body’, a structured silhouette built upon the athletic body and an attitude of female supremacy. This exhibition pays tribute to these powerful and body-conscious styles, which are among the most enduring images of the decade.
Krishna is one of the most popular of the Hindu gods worshipped throughout Asia, in particular India. This exhibition offers both historical and contemporary interpretations of Krishna worship and devotion and explores the narrative of Krisha’s life story through some 70 works in a range of media from across India.
The definition of lace is a decorative or openwork fabric made up of spaces and worked areas formed by fine threads. Still present in contemporary life from fashion to homewares, lace first originated in sixteenth century Europe. It began with the development of two distinct types of work – needle lace and bobbin lace. These two techniques, relying on fine handwork for the first three centuries, produced some of the most luxurious and coveted forms of textiles ever created.
From first European settlement the supply of clothing and the way Australian men and women presented themselves in the new colonies was of vital importance. Whether reflecting status and position, or exhibiting new found wealth and flamboyance, the nuanced language of fashion was of particular concern to Australia’s burgeoning and diverse society.
This exhibition – the NGV’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Papua New Guinea – showcases a beautiful selection of more than 30 barkcloths created by women from the Ömie tribe. This small tribe of less than 2,000 people lives on the steep, south-eastern slopes of Mount Lamington, Oro Province.
As close neighbours, Australia and New Zealand share common fashion ground. Drawing largely on recent acquisitions, 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.
Top Arts: VCE 1999 presents outstanding work completed by young student artists as part of their assessment for VCE Art and Studio Arts. This exhibition highlights the NGV’s strong commitment and support of contemporary art, arts education and showcases the ideas and attitudes of young people.