Inside the Collection

Category: Fashion, Costume and Dress

Love Lace International Lace Award and Exhibition: creating the shadows

August 12, 2011

Anni Turnbull
When you walk through the Love Lace exhibition its apparent how important lighting is to the successful display of these works. The Museum electrician Peter Hermon says This was a unique exhibition to work on, we had more time to work on the lighting (and wiring) and the nature of the work was different, shadows were really important and the lighting needs more particular.

Evolution of a 1950s fashion model

July 6, 2011

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
Discovering the many aspects of one woman’s career was one of the most interesting aspects of my 20 day internship at the Powerhouse Museum. Under the supervision of Curator Anne-Marie Van de Ven I’ve just finished cataloguing the Janice Wakely modelling and photography archive.

Jenny Kee, Chanel, ‘Princess Di’ (and a passing reference to David Bowie)

July 1, 2011

Glynis Jones
Anyone who has read Jenny Kee's fascinating biography A Big Life Jenny Kee (Jenny Kee with Samantha Trenoweth, Penguin Group, 2006) will appreciate how apt the title is. From modelling as the face of Canadian Pacific Airlines and spending a memorable night with John Lennon during the Beatles Australian tour in 1964 to selling vintage Schiaparelli jackets to Mick Jagger at the Chelsea Antique market in London, surviving the Granville train disaster in 1977 and campaigning for the conservation of NSW old growth forests Jenny’s adventurous spirit and creativity has seen her involved in many of the key social movements and events of the last fifty years.

The colour of a wedding dress

June 1, 2011

Anni Turnbull
Eagerly anticipated, the Australian Dress Register (ADR) went live on 21 March 2011. To date only contributors have had access to the pilot database; now it’s fascinating content is available to the wider community.

African culture, textiles from Zaire

May 20, 2011

Christina Sumner
Walking through the Powerhouse’s storage area the other day, I stopped off to have another look at some of my favourite textiles in the collection. They are the amazing Kuba dancing skirts, made in what was once the Belgian Congo and is now Zaire, in Central Africa, and worn by Kuba women at community ceremonial events associated with birth, marriage and death.

Hair in Museums

April 28, 2011

Anni Turnbull
Why does hair appear in the most unlikely places? Like this man's shirt from the Cameroons. Or worked into this unique needle lace panel from the 1600s. That hair has been readily available as a material is one answer.

Faded glory or historically charming?

January 11, 2011

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
The assigned value and significance of objects is in a state of perpetual flux. Evolving digital technologies (like the potential to create high resolution scans from original negative and positive formats and distribute these over the web) contributes to, engages with and draws attention to this constant process of change.

Fastenings: The Australian Dress Register

December 7, 2010

Erika Taylor
There’s more history in a button than you’d think. As a volunteer helping with the Australian Dress Register, I compiled information on the history of fastenings as a resources sheet for the Register’s website.

Fashionable patchworks

October 27, 2010

Rebecca Evans
If you thought patchworks were just for Nannas, think again! The recent Erdem collection at London Fashion Week employed the use of beautiful patchwork-like prints and was received with praise by many fashion journalists and bloggers.

Meet the curator- Glynis Jones

October 8, 2010

Glynis Jones
Name: Glynis Jones (I often receive phone calls from gentlemen of a certain age who ask me if I appeared in Mary Poppins!!). What is your specialty area? I completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology and Fine Arts and a postgraduate degree in Museum Studies.

Fabric designer- Georgia Chapman, Vixen

September 20, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
What is “The Vixen Look”? In this post, we feature a video interview with Georgia Chapman, fashion and textile designer (including screen printed and digital textiles) and owner of Vixen Australia.