It only gets better with age.

Words by

Veronica Jenkinson

The first major exhibition of Australian fashion will open at the National Gallery of Victoria in March 2016.  

It will present more than 120 works from over 90 designers and celebrate Australia’s unique voice in the fashion industry.

"Australian fashion design has been informed by its geography, resources, migration and its response to international trends," said NGV director, Tony Ellwood.

"The NGV is proud to showcase the ways in which designers have responded to these conditions with ingenuity, humour and irony in dialogue with the wider world."

Alongside amazing designs by contemporary designers such as Ellery and Toni Maticevski, there will also be standout designs from the last 200 years. 

If you can’t imagine what fashion looked like 200 years ago, Australia’s earliest known surviving dress (c1805) will be on display. Other pieces on display include a glamorous 1950s blue-feathered ball gown by Collins Street salon, La Petite (pictured). There'll also be a dress from Collette Dinnigan’s groundbreaking 1995 Paris runway show, where she became the first Australian designer invited to show on-schedule at Paris Fashion Week.

In addition, the exhibition will feature a show-stopping catwalk of garments from the Fashion Design Council (FDC), fashion from the ’60s, remarkable knitwear and a number of Australiana-inspired garments.

If modern is more your thing, the best of our contemporary fashion will also be on show through work by Romance Was Born, Di$count Universe, Pageant and a whole heap more.

The NGV will present 200 Years of Australian Fashion as part of the Cultural Program of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, which celebrates its 20th Festival in 2016.


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