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The Fine Art of Dress

September 13, 2010

Many thanks to Bruce Heiser of Heiser Gallery, who invited me to The Fine Art of Dress on Saturday. Held as part of this year’s Valley Fiesta, the program happily married fashion, art and antiques in Fortitude Valley.

We started the parade and viewing at Unique France on Brunswick Street where we took in their ever-changing 18th and 19th century collection of French antiques, while couturier Paul Hunt wowed us with his creations, including a gown made from brocade woven on a 300 year-old loom, the same loom that wove fabric for Marie Antionette! Also at Unique France, models paraded Biffi‘s current collection of breezy, French Riviera inspired smart casual wear.

We hopped next door to Jan Murphy Gallery where Camargue paraded a mix of contemporary, graphic and European-styled garments against a backdrop of indigenous paintings, including work by Patrick Tjungurrayi and Kawayi Nampitjinpa.

Around the corner at Philip Bacon Galleries, as if by a stroke of genius, Chriss Canning’s lively paintings were paired with Eastern Pearson‘s recent collection launched at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane, which incorporated raffia (one of their signature materials) into both garments and accessories. Such a dynamic and playful combination…

Lured by the live musicians playing throughout the event in Pide-Piperesque style, we meandered down the street to Heiser Gallery for the culmination of the event, with six stunning pieces from Paul Hunt – three gowns and three demi-couture dresses juxtaposed against Karla Marchesi’s paintings of forgotten urban spaces piled high with refuse.

Such a great concept, I truly hope Valley Fiesta incorporates this into the 2011 program. Many thanks to all for bringing this event together. What Saturday fun!

Pictured L to R, top row: Work by Chriss Canning paired with fashion by Easton Pearson

L to R, bottom row: Gown by Paul Hunt with painting by Karla Marchesi

All artwork images courtesy of the respective galleries and fashion images courtesy of Mercedez Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane gallery

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2010 11:01 PM

    How fabulous… and how miffed am I that I missed it! Just up the road too!
    Thanks for the gorgeous low-down 🙂
    K

  2. Bruce permalink
    September 16, 2010 11:38 PM

    Thank you KT for your very kind words. It was lovely to see you on the day.

    • September 17, 2010 10:01 AM

      No problems Bruce… Your gallery was the perfect venue to host the grand finale of the event and such excellent artwork held its ground in amongst stunning couture! See you at your next exhibition opening!

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