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Jean Paul Gaultier in Melbourne (Don’t Miss It!)

27 Jan

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When I woke up to drizzle on Australia Day I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to head to The Gallery to see the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition.  I’d been wanting to see it since it opened months ago, and I was desperate to get there before it finishes in a couple of weeks.  It’s not every day one gets up close and personal with a couture gown.

For those not familiar with Jean Paul Gaultier, very briefly, he is a French Haute Couture and Pret-a-Porter (Ready to wear) fashion designer.  Remember those cone shaped bra costumes Madonna wore in the 90’s?  He was responsible for those.  (If you click on his name above you can read more about him)

I knew Gaultier’s clothes were unconventional, flamboyant and glamourous but I underestimated just how ravishing they really are.

The fabrics and beading were so exquisite it took all my strength to resist reaching out to touch each garment. I think the signs telling me not to, made me want to feel them even more.  Several times I put my glasses on to inspect the pieces as closely as I could (without touching) to see if I could see any signs of *stitching.  In most cases, I could not. The detail and craftsmanship is extraordinary.  Unbelievably Haute Couture is constructed by hand from start to finish.

If you love fashion, sewing, costume design, beading, textiles, art, design or for that matter any form of beauty, make an effort to see this exhibition before it finishes.  

(My photos are dreadful but the best I can offer unfortunately until I get around to updating my very old phone. You’ll get the idea though.)

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On a side note:  One of things that make the exhibition so impressive and quirky is that the mannequins wearing the clothes appear lifelike.  They talk, smile and wink.  When the Jean Paul Gaultier mannequin speaks it’s just like he’s in the room addressing the crowd.   You can see a little video of the mannequin’s on my Instagram here

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is on at the National Gallery of Victoria and runs until Sunday 8 February. Details here

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What I Love About Melbourne..

13 Apr

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It was such a glorious day on Saturday I decided instead of racing home after my last shopping client, that I would go for a wander and have a bite to eat.

I called by the new H & M store to check the queues…and yep, they were still there so I gave that a miss.

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I’m not sure what was going on inside the Myer windows, but it looked interesting.

After a stroll through the arcades I headed down to a favourite laneway, past a vintage store I always drop by when I’m in the area – Shag.  They have the most fabulous costume jewellery.  I’ve got my eye on that rhinestone rooster brooch. (to the left)

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Next up was a stop for lunch at a great little French creperie – Aix Cafe Creperie Salon.   The food is fantastic (I had a chilli con carne crepe)  and they always play my kind of music.  Yesterday I relaxed and sipped on my latte to Edith Piaf.

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On my way to the station I was entertained by this gentleman who was having a grand old time doing some dramatic/interpretive dancing.

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Then I headed off to the station, via Degraves Street…and home. 

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What some of you might not know is that there are boutiques underneath Flinders St Station.

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Melbourne is all about amazing places to eat (and of course shop), laneways and hidden secrets.  If you visit, make sure you don’t miss them.

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One Person’s Trash Is Another Person’s Treasure

18 Feb

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If you’ve read my profile you would know that I have a thing for old things.  Old cutlery, crockery, music, art, buildings, clothes, jewellery, furniture…the lot.

I could fossick around a flea market, junk shop or vintage store, wondering about the life of a piece and searching for a unique treasure, for hours.  I love opening a book to find a written message and I love imagining why a beautiful 1950’s cocktail frock might have been made and who might have worn it.  I love the nostalgia a wander among old things might bring.  I can picture my Dad playing on a home made billy-cart when he was a little boy and my Mum going ballroom dancing in the 60’s, in a pair of satin pointy shoes.

A place I like to check out every now and then is The Junk Company, where I took all these snaps during a poke around  last weekend.  (Apologies for the dodgy quality) 

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Apart from what I’ve shown you in the photos, they have everything from old postcards, to vinyl records, Art Deco lights and vintage toys.

What I tend to look for though is vintage sunglasses, brooches, crystal, evening bags, cups and saucers, sequined and beaded anything, art work and old cupboards.

I’d love to hear if you know of any great vintage/junk shops in Melbourne…Victoria even, that you could recommend.  I’ve pretty much exhausted all the ones I know of and need to find some new places to check out.

The Junk Company is at 583 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

 

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Hollywood Costume

23 Jul

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As part of my quest to embrace winter in Melbourne this year,  I recently went along to Hollywood Costume at ACMI.

While I love a good film (particularly something of the quirky French variety, an old MGM musical or a happily-ever-after movie) I’m not necessarily a huge fan of the Hollywood blockbuster.  So when a girlfriend asked me to go along to the exhibition with her, I was a little skeptical as to whether I’d appreciate it.  It turned out I had no reason to be.  It didn’t matter that I hadn’t seen a lot of the movies and so wasn’t familiar with several of the characters and costumes, I still really enjoyed it.

ACMI did a great job of showcasing the costumes.  The way the exhibition was lit, the sound, the design of the room and the interviews by movie directors, actors and costume designers talking about the role costume has in creating a character, all contributed to the experience.

The thing that struck me the most about the costumes on display was some of the sizes – particularly the costumes for The Gladiator, worn by Russell Crow, Moulin Rouge, worn by Nicole Kidman and Some Like it Hot, worn by Marilyn Monroe.  All of them were very different to what I imagined them to be.

Even if you are not a big film fan, you will enjoy this exhibition if you love fashion, style, design, sewing, garment construction, lush fabrics or even just getting out and enjoying what Melbourne has to offer.

These are a few of my favourite costumes that were on display.

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Gone with the Wind, 1939

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age, 2007

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961

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Atonement, 2007

The Hollywood Costume exhibition, featuring the greatest movie characters from the past 100 years,  is at ACMI, Federation Square.   If you plan on seeing it, get along quickly, the exhibition closes on Sunday August 18.  Find all the details here.

Have you been?  If so, what did you think?  Which was your favourite?

 

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