Fashion Frenzy in Fed Square By Debbie Snooke

If you LOVE fashion and have nothing planned on a wintery Melbourne afternoon, pull on your boots from Zomp and catch the tram to Federation Square to view two outstanding exhibitions featuring Australian Fashion.

200 years of Australian Fashion and Henry Talbot’s Photographic Exhibition are both housed in the landmarked architectural complex The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia.

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More than 90 designers works are used in the 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition, which meanders through four galleries. 200 Years of Australia Fashion is the first major survey of its kind to be undertaken in Australia. It is apparent Australian style is a by product of being an independent country and it’s impertinence to colonial rule.

Ogle over 120 exquisitely made frocks from early colonial days until today’s contemporary works by Dion Lee and Toni Maticevski. Fabulous handmade couture dresses from the 1920’s and 1930’s all have interesting stories to reveal about their creators, makers and wearers.

200 Years of Australia Fashion is exhibiting daily until 31 July.

Hours are 10am to 5pm.

Adults are $15.00 entry

Concessions are $12.00

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In the late 1950’s, emigree photographer Henry Talbot, went into business with renowned international fashion photographer Helmut Newton in Flinders Lane Melbourne.

It was here Talbot built a reputation for bringing an internationalism to Australian photography.

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Maggie Tabberer in ocelot by Henry Talbot

Henry Talbot’s photographs captured the very essence of life in Melbourne and what women wore in the 1960’s.

His work boasted a fresh modern look marrying contemporary fashion and popular culture. Talbot’s work was often published in Australian Vogue.

Many of the eighty photographs in the exhibition have not been exhibited before. They were chosen from 35,000 negatives owned by The NGV Australia.

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The Henry Talbot Photographic Exhibition is open daily until 21 August

Visit Level 3 of The NGV Australia

Entry is free

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