Inside the Collection


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.

The finer details of textiles storage

September 10, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
This week staff from the Museum’s curatorial, registration and conservation departments took part in an object handling refresher focusing on the Museum’s vast textiles collection with Registrar, Sarah Pointon and Conservator, Suzanne Chee.

Design underground #3- Bootilicious!

August 12, 2010

Rebecca Bower
The Bootilicious behind-the-scenes tour revealed stories of everyday, famous and infamous Australians through looking at what they wore on their feet. On Monday August 9, as part of the events, talks and tours program for Sydney Design 2010, I teased out some of the more unusual background stories in an extended tour for a group of 11 footwear enthusiasts.

Benini and Fashion at the Foro Italico

August 9, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
When the large crate containing the Bruno Benini archive arrived in the basement last year, it was opened with as much anticipation as if we were opening a treasure trove! In it were photographs Bruno captured of another world, a world where everything was beautiful, albeit in different ways - elegant and sophisticated to gritty and decaying.

A Fashionable Idea: Shaping Expression

August 6, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
This Saturday 7th August, as part of Sydney Design 2010, the Museum is hosting Framed! - an all-day photographic shoot exposing the ins and outs of creating 'the look'. In this post, wardrobe stylist Anna Raju of Black Dahlia, explores the role two key Australian fashion designers have had both on her work and the Australian fashion industry as a whole - Alex Perry and Gail Sorronda.

Romance in the Museum

June 2, 2010

Rebecca Evans
Platform shoes covered in lace, glitter and shells! Surely that’s a crime against fashion? In this blog I’d like to introduce you to a rather spectacular pair of platform shoes recently acquired into the Museum's collection.

‘That Dress’- Lady Sonia McMahon (1932-2010)

April 19, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
The Powerhouse Museum acknowledges with sadness the recent passing of Lady Sonia McMahon on 2 April 2010. Lady McMahon will be fondly remembered for her elegance and altruism (especially with regards to her tireless charity work) and of course - 'that dress', which Lady McMahon generously donated to the Powerhouse Museum back in 1987.

Alice in Wonderland

March 22, 2010

Glynis Jones
I recently saw the new Alice in Wonderland movie and Alice’s blue dress brought to mind a dress in the collection created by Japanese designer Jun Takahashi for his Spring-Summer 2005 collection.

Pearls: Streetwear to Stilettos

March 15, 2010

Rebecca Evans
I’ve been doing a bit of research lately on this fabulous dress by Karen Walker and it’s got me thinking about pearls. From this printed graphic to the decorative they are continually referenced in fashion.

Have you weighed your handbag lately?

February 12, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Friends often comment on the weight of my handbag, joking that I must be carrying around a brick (or two)! So, I decided it was time that my bag, on a typical working day, went for a ‘weigh-in’…3.6kg!