Last week, Mara Sison, the curator at the Melbourne Fine Art Gallery (MFA), wrote to inform me of an exhibition being held showcasing the art of fashion illustration.
I adore fashion illustrations. Remember the commemorative 50th edition of Vogue Australia featuring four different versions of Cate Blanchett, sketched by David Downton? I bought all four versions.
So today I headed into the city (in between heavy rainstorms) to check out the exhibition. With me I dragged a willing accomplice, the always-enthusiastic Cheryl from Business Chic.
Our anticipation only increased as we tiptoed up the narrow wooden flight of stairs into a space which, upon first inspection, appeared to have been plucked from a Parisian apartment block. The enormous skylights and warm wooden floorboards welcomed us enthusiastically, as did the gallery owner's daughter, who was minding the space for the afternoon.
The exhibition was lovely. Drawings dating from the turn of the century showcased theatrical costumes from the likes of the Moulin Rouge, while later sketches depicted fashion from Paris in the 1940s.
The exhibition runs until
French Fashion and Design: The Art of Fashion Illustration
The exhibition will be open until April 29.
Venue: MFA, 422 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 12 – 6pm, Sunday 2 – 6pm (Or by appointment)
EDIT: I've just been informed that the exhibition has been extended until the 29th of April.
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