An invitation to draw for the NGV Blog during the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2013, brought back some memories. I was reminded of how ten years ago, I was obsessed with Tim Blank’s TV series, Masters of Style. It was the closest I could get to studying designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and John Galliano.
I saw this exciting invitation as an opportunity to research first-hand the works of those I’d dreamed about as a teen. For this project I worked to create drawings from the designs of Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, John Galliano, Azzedine Alaïa, Karl Lagerfeld, Comme des Garçons and Pierre Cardin, and Australian and New Zealand labels such as Kara Baker, Martin Grant, World, Akira Isogawa, Le Louvre, Magg and Toni Maticevski.
I then looked to the street in search of echoes of what I was researching in the Gallery, creating a suite of drawings that look for visual relationships between designer garments and the street culture of Melbourne.
This collection of drawings will be published on the NGV Blog during We Blog Fashion. I wish to continue this project as I feel I have barely scratched the surface of this rich and exciting collection of fashion and textiles.
In addition to this project I will be talking publicly for the first time about my art work at the NGV Australia, Federation Square. This event will take place March 21 2013, at 12:30pm on Level 3. Click here for further information.