Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Darnell Collection's Flora & Fauna: The Nature of Fashion exhibition opens at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

'Flora & Fauna: The Nature of Fashion' opened in pure style on the 11th September. The exhibition runs until 1st November. Six different aspects of flora and fauna in fashion history is explored with categories such as Lace, Printed Textiles, Embellishment, Embroidery, Flora and Fauna as Material, Woven fabric. Many items from the collection have never been seen before including a rare peacock feather muff and matching collar and a dyed fox fur by Melbourne furrier Nettlebergs from the 1890s. 
For more information: www.bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au
11th September - 1st November 2015

(the exhibition will be travelling to Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery in April 2016)

The Lace section

The history of printed textiles

A couture gown by Minh Hanh sets the scene with a spectacular Shinto wedding robe in the background

An unlabelled gown with cock feathers

Mary Katrantzou and Tina Leser greet visitors to the exhibition

Betty Lynn ballgown from the 1950s

Over fifty accessories are on display

My wonderful work experience and design students at the opening

Wearing Giles and a pair of Hermes kid opera length gloves and posing with Ian Clark, the special guest at the opening