This exhibition showcases the fabulous exuberance and innovation of 1960s Australian women’s fashion, through a vibrant selection of garments, accessories and fashion photography by Bruno Benini, Athol Shmith and Henry Talbot.
A fresh new look emerged in Australian fashion during this exciting decade of cultural and social change, with a new generation of fashion designers influencing the youth fashion and culture of this period. Garments and accessories by diverse Melbourne labels and fashion designers, including Prue Acton and Norma Tullo, are featured providing a rich insight into the evolution of Australian fashion and the groundbreaking fashion styles such as the mini dress that symbolise the 1960s.
Curator Diane Soumilas.
Image: Athol Shmith, No title (Fashion illustration, Woman with double bass) 1960s. Gelatin silver photograph. 50 x 38.8 cm (image). National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by the Shmith Family, Governor, 1995 (1995.150). ©The Estate of Athol Shmith, Licensed by Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art.