"Dreaming of Deco: Style in the Modern Age" opens at Rockhampton Art Gallery

During the mid - 1920s the Art Deco movement heralded an era of opulence and style through design, architecture, fashion and art. It was the age of Gatsby, Jazz, flappers and transatlantic travel with its influence felt from Paris, New York and Miami to the far-reaches of Australia.

Dresses and accessories from The Darnell Collection were woven into the Art Deco story along with stunning furniture belonging to Melbourne auctioneer and collector, Warren Joel, and paintings belonging to private Australian collectors, museums and the Rockhampton Art Gallery.

The exhibition runs until the 24th May 2015.




Feather, lame and silk fabric rose on a 20s hat
Straw Chrysanthemums add depth to a delicate lace 20s hat

Silk stockings, never worn, add to the opulent accessory display. My grandmothers Bakelite and 24 carat gold driving goggles, worn as she drove the family's open-top roadster across the deserts to souks in Egypt in the 1920s, are a valuable addition to the international Art Deco experience




A rare silk velvet day dress worn in Sydney in the 20s was recently donated to the collection by Ellice and Linda Collier.