The Paris End: Fashion and Photography in 1950s Melbourne

In the 1950s, the high-end dressmaking salons and photography studios of Collins Street’s ‘Paris end’ wielded enormous influence on Australian style.

Learn about the glamour of the era through the story of a dress that found its way into the NGV Collection courtesy of an iconic photograph by Athol Shmith.


Susan van Wyk, Senior Curator, Photography, NGV
Danielle Whitfield, Curator, Fashion and Textiles, NGV