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The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift

1 MAR 2019 – 14 JUL 2019

Have you ever wanted to see one of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel’s original little black dresses, or Alexander McQueen’s elaborate constructions up close? The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift is a microcosm of the world of haute couture and Parisian fashion from the late nineteenth century to the twenty-first century. Featuring designers from Charles Frederick Worth, the celebrated ‘father of haute couture’, to the iconoclastic Alexander McQueen, the exhibition includes over 200 garments and archive works from the NGV’s extensive fashion research collection comprising hundreds of designers’ sketches, workbooks, photographs, fashion magazines, journals and periodicals from the early nineteenth century onwards.

Self-Guided Visits

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Student Programs

Book a program with an NGV educator to introduce your students to the key themes of the exhibition.

Introductory Talk: The Gift of Fashion
Levels 7-10, VCE

Explore the world of haute couture and Parisian fashion from the late nineteenth century to the twenty-first century in an educator led introduction to The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift. Students will be inspired through rich insights into the cultural and historical significance of fashion and the design process.

Cost $8 per student (1 hour)

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Fashion Your Own
Levels 7-10, VCE

An extended introduction to the exhibition focusing on the design process in fashion, from concept and sketches through to finished garments. Students will engage with the design process in action using ipads to respond creatively to a range of works in the Gallery to generate ideas for their folios.

Cost $16 per student (2 hours)

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Virtual excursion: The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift
All Levels

Participate in an online interactive introduction to The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift from your own classroom via videoconference or live streaming.

Cost Free

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Fashion Intensive
Wed 3 & Thu 4 Jul, 10am – 4pm

Recommended for Years 10–12

Get inspired with this intensive two-day program for senior students with an interest in textiles and fashion. With behind-the-scenes insights into The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Gift and the fashion world, students will learn more about career paths in fashion. Program includes exhibition introduction and viewing, and sessions exploring sources of inspiration and practical design processes and skills for developing folio work. Students will produce their own folio of fashion illustrations from which to develop original designs. Presenters include NGV curators, educators and fashion industry experts.

Cost $120

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Educator Evening

Fri 10 May, 6pm

Join colleagues for an evening of professional learning including a curatorial introduction to the The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift exhibition with curator Paola di Trocchio and an after-hours viewing of the exhibition.

The program will explore the world of haute couture and Parisian fashion from the late nineteenth century to the twenty-first century and will provide educators with ideas and inspiration for teaching students design thinking, folio development, and fashion and publication design including illustrative techniques.

Light refreshments provided on arrival.

Cost $25

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