Captivating style

1950s Melbourne

Free entry

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square

Level 2

NGV Collection Focus

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. Several leading studios at the ‘Paris end of Collins’ specialized in commercial fashion illustration, creating enchanting images of ideal beauty and perfection for public consumption. This small exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, pairs the work of Hall Ludlow and Thomas Harrison, acclaimed for their ingenious designs and technical prowess, with the fashion photography of Athol Shmith, the celebrated studio and street photographer.

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