KATIE PYE STUDIO, Sydney (fashion house)<br />
 Katie PYE (designer)<br/>
<em>Spinnaker jacket</em> 1978 <!-- (front view) --><br />

cotton, linen, metal<br />
73.0 cm (centre back) 71.0 cm (sleeve length)<br />
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne<br />
Gift of the artist, 2006<br />
2006.435<br />
© Katie Pye

Katie Pye

Clothes for Modern Lovers

Free entry

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Fed Square

Fashion and Textiles (Gallery 12), Level 2

26 May 07 – 13 Jan 08

Straddling the boundaries between art and fashion, Katie Pye was an Australian fashion iconoclast throughout the 1980s. Individual, experimental and highly unorthodox, her work constantly challenged the conventional limitations of fashionable dress. Integrating performance, design, art and fashion, Pye represented an energetic current that introduced new visual and conceptual models to Australian fashion.

Clothes for Modern Lovers charts Pye’s work from the late 1970s through to 1990. Illustrative of her constantly evolving design idiom, the exhibition features Pye’s early avant-garde works, signature explorations of graphic form and innovative fabric treatments, her rule-breaking art wear and key examples from her commercial ranges. Over 30 outfits from the NGV Collection will be displayed alongside contextual photography and video works.