Friday, 25 October 2013
edward steichen and art deco fashion at the ngv
Last Thursday evening (as in just over a week ago – phew this week has gone fast) I was absolutely chuffed to be one of a number of bloggers invited to the launch and preview tour of the Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion exhibition at the NGV. I was so excited when I first heard that the exhibition was coming up, so the chance to see it like this made me very happy indeed! Trish and I met at my house to admire each other's outfits and then catch the train in to the city together. I always like the views of the CBD from the train, even when it is in murky greys, like it was on this particular evening. See those clouds and that tiny patch of blue sky? It was cold. Cold and very, very windy! We met up with John on the bridge next to Flinders Street Station, and walked over the Yarra trying to keep our hair in place – and I think we did pretty well, considering! And at least windy makes for dramatic outfit photos! We then saw beautiful Iolanthe. And we all struck our poses. I was so glad to be wearing my vintage coat and fur. Who could have guessed that two days later it would be 30C? Melbourne springtime, it likes to keep you guessing. I wore my new vintage black sheer silk dress with the huge sleeves. I absolutely love it and can't wait to wear it again, when perhaps I might just take some more photos of it too, to do it justice. Note the dates of the exhibition in the photos, so you absolutely can't miss them. Definitely 100% deliberate. Maybe. The mega sleeve puffs are even more sheer than the rest, so I feel like I am wearing a soft black cloud. This is not a feeling I dislike. I actually really enjoyed wearing black, as it was a nice change from my everyday colourful cottons. Will definitely happen again. What I could do without ever happening again, but it obviously will, was the wind making my eyes water, leaking tiny icy diamonds that stung their way down my cheeks and threatened to take my makeup with them. Inside the gallery we saw the stunning Gabrielle. Then we did some more posing for official cameras, accepted our glasses of champagne and were taken on a tour of the exhibition courtesy of the curators. Felt very privileged and happy. The exhibition has some amazing clothes from the 1920s and 1930s... ... and mind blowing photographs by Edward Steichen, Conde Nast's chief photographer during the 1920s and 1930s. Absolutely one of my favourite eras of all time. I'm not going to show you too much of what's on display as you simply have to go and see it if you can get to Melbourne. I am definitely going to go again, as there was so much to take in. I loved this note on Greta's photo. Then it was party time. Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! And little beetroot cones, which were very nice. The tower of champagne glasses that looks, quite appropriately, blurry, but it is in fact just the dozens of glasses behind one another. The three of us had a ball and we are all looking forward to going again soon – though next time sans bubbles!