Remaking Fashion

PIERRE CARDIN, Paris (fashion house); Pierre CARDIN (designer)
Toile for Dress 1960 {summer}
cotton fabric, net corset, and tapes, silk bodice facings, satin swatch, and tafetta lining swatch, polyester skirt stiffening, plastic skirt stiffening and zipper, metal boning, bra underwire and hooks and eyes
83.0 cm (centre back) 39.5 cm (waist, flat)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs Margaret Price, 1980
© Pierre Cardin, Paris

Remaking Fashion examines the process of making – and evidence of the process of making – in contemporary fashion. In recent years a new aesthetic has emerged where elements of clothing construction have become components of design. The materials traditionally hidden such as fasteners, foundation materials and interior supports, and methods specific to the process of making, such as basting or raw hems, have been reinterpreted as design elements. Visions usually privy to the individual or the maker are divulged and venerated.

This exhibition draws on the NGV’s extensive and rare collection of Pierre Cardin toiles. These toiles were used throughout the 1960s to make Pierre Cardin dresses for the Australian market and form the genesis of this aesthetic. More contemporary examples by designers such as Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, Yohji Yamamoto, Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Nicholas Ghesquiére for Balenciaga and John Galliano for Christian Dior provide examples of the emergence, development and continuation of this aesthetic.

26 Sep 200819 Apr 2009 NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road
Fashion and Textiles, Level 2, NGVI
Fashion and Textiles, Level 2, NGVI