Tuesday Treat: Not thread, or patchwork, but still a feast of textiles for the eyes

I worked on the hand embroidery on my “Welcome”  quilt at my patchwork friendship meeting last weekend.

I finished the embroidery on my "Welcome" quilt.  Now I have to decide on the quilting thread colour.

While we talked I finished the embroidery on my “Welcome” quilt. Now I have to decide on the quilting thread colour.

Conversation always roves across numerous topics when we meet, including descriptions of the exhibitions that we have each seen since last time we met.

A couple of friends had been to see the costumes made for the Miss Fisher Murder Mystery series, another had been to see the Faith Fusion Fashions exhibition & I had loved the Art Deco fashions that were part of the Edward Steichen’s photography exhibition.

See the exhibition of the fashions of Phryne Fisher and her cohorts at Ripponlea

There is a veritable feast of textile fashion exhibitions happening in Melbourne, and around Victoria, this spring and summer  so I thought that it was worth sharing some information here.

Ripponlea has been hosting an exhibition of costumes designed for The Miss Fisher Murder Mystery TV series.  If, like me, you have enjoyed the series, and particularly the 1920’s fashions, there is still time to see some of the clothes worn by Phryne, and to get an insight into the designer’s workroom.  The Exhibition has been extended until 1 December 2013

The National Gallery of  Victoria has an exhibition of Edward Steichen’s photography,  accompanied by an exhibition of beautiful art deco clothing.  A brief summary taken from  the gallery notes describes the exhibition thus:

Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion comprises over 200 photographs and more than 30 garments. This stunning exhibition captures the sophistication of the modern woman and the elegance of high-end fashion from this golden age of fashion and photography.

From 1923 until 1938, Steichen was chief photographer for fashion’s most influential and glamorous magazines, Vanity Fair and Vogue. During this time Steichen created images that were imaginative documents of glamour, talent, and style. His work revolutionised fashion photography, and influenced generations of subsequent photographers.

The Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion Exhibition runs from 18 OCT 2013 – 02 MAR 2014

Exhibitions held at the  Immigration Museum in Melbourne always have a core message about how migrants have arrived and settled into life in Australia.


The gallery notes for one of the current exhibitions, Faith-Fashion-Fusion, describes it  as follows:

Faith, fashion, fusion explores an emerging modest fashion market and the work of a new generation of fashion designers, retailers and bloggers offering stylish clothing and fashion advice to Muslim women.

Faith-Fashion-Fusion is showing until 9 June 2014.

The Bendigo Art Gallery , known for its outstanding fashion exhibitions, is showing a selection of some of the world’s most influential designers from the past 40 years  in the Modern Love  exhibition.

The Bendigo Art Gallery is the exclusive venue for this exhibition in Australia, the first travelling exhibition of its kind from the FIDM Museum, LA.

Modern Love is showing until 2 February 2014

And it is not only womens’ fashions that are being exhibited this summer.  The Melbourne Museum is featuring Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style this summer.  The exhibition is showing from 1 Nov 2013 – 23 Feb 2014

Coming soon:

The Arts Centre has a new free exhibition,  All That Glitters, opening in November,  showcasing some of the gorgeous stage costumes from their Performing Arts Collection.  The highlights of the exhibition will be costumes worn by Dame Edna Everage, Kylie Minogue and Dame Nellie Melba.

The exhibition will  run from November 16th until to 23rd of February 2014.

More Reading:

About the Edward Steichen exhibition:

Drama of Exile

The Art Review

About “All that Glitters”:

  Arts Centre publicity office

Weekend Notes

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