FeaturedEDGELEY: Summer 2017

EDGELEY: Summer 2017

Alice Edgeley’s latest collection was inspired by Antonio Lopez’s polaroid photos, and a series of films she watched on SBS in Winter. From Wong Kar Wai ‘s 2046 to Pam Grier in Coffy, the collection radiates late 70s vibes, fun, disco-pop, and easy glamour.


The collection features an array of cascading ‘bleeding’ hearts, military epaulettes on shirts, flashy 70s embellishments in the shape of gold heart buttons on the shirts and gold chain belts worn with the catsuits and dresses in shades of dusty pink, burgundy, indigo and rust.

Edgeley has always prided herself on finding a balance between high glamour and practicality, elegance and kitsch. Questioning firmly established notions of ‘good taste’ is a concept that runs throughout the Edgeley brand, which is entirely made in Melbourne.


Photography: Eryca Green Models: Alice Edgeley and Elly May

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House of Lucas: Australian Fashion History at the Gold Museum

FeaturedHouse of Lucas: Australian Fashion History at the Gold Museum

A rich slice of Australia’s sartorial history is revealed this week as the House of Lucas exhibition opens at the Gold Museum in Ballarat.

The iconic House of Lucas was a family-owned brand operating in Ballarat, Victoria from 1888 until 1968, employing hundreds of people in the local area. The exhibition is a tribute to the personalities who shaped the House’s history – when founder Eleanor Lucas was widowed in 1878, she started sewing underwear and shirts to support her family, and when she was widowed again in 1888, she launched House of Lucas, and by 1908, the firm employed over 200 people.

From historical photos of the factory and advertisements that ran in the Australian Women’s Weekly in the 1950s, to a beautiful two-piece Pierre Cardin suit that was produced by the House of Lucas circa 1960, other archival pieces & precious fashion objects, the exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to discover a unique part of Ballarat’s history.


House of Lucas were the first in Ballarat to use electrical power, and in 1905, Tilly Thompson was hired by Lucas as a sales rep, making her Australia’s first female commercial traveller.

Putting Ballarat on the map as a producer of high quality clothing, Lucas was one of the first textile manufacturers to open a knitting factory equipped with the latest machinery, as well as a dye house. Lucas produced Australia’s first knitted nylon tricot which revolutionised their lingerie and dress lines. Lucas and Thompson, or the Lucas Girls, as they were affectionately known, developed commercial relationships with American lingerie firm Vanity Fair (Lucas manufactured Vanity Fair lingerie for the local Australian market) and French couture house Pierre Cardin. This dramatically increased the House’s prestige and exclusivity, and in 1930, a Lucas stylist travelled to study European markets and buy fabric samples.

Gold Museum curator Snjez Cosic says

“The House of Lucas exhibition provides a fascinating glimpse into such an important part of Ballarat’s history, both in terms of the fashion industry, but also the individuals who shaped the House of Lucas. It’s a thrill to bring the stories and historical pieces to life through this exhibition.”


There are so many great regional exhibitions happening in Victoria right now, it’d be rude not to take a road trip, really. The Gold Museum is located within the grounds of historic Sovereign Hill – a great place for kids. There is much more to see in Ballarat too, like my favourite cafe Yellow Espresso and a rummage through the Mill Markets, perfectly suited for your vintage, self-important historian myood, post-House of Lucas experience.


Need to know:

  • The House of Lucas Exhibition is on at Gold Museum at Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat.
  • The exhibition runs from October 28th until March 26th, 2017.
  • Ballarat is approx 115.9km from Melbourne city, or a 1 hour 20 min drive.

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Pictured at top: Maggie Tabberer modelling a Pierre Cardin garment created by the House of Lucas


Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists at NGV

FeaturedViktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists at NGV

The exclusive Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists exhibition launched in Melbourne on Friday, and it’s open at NGV until 26 February, 2017.

The self-confessed outsiders of the fashion world formed their artistic partnership in 1992, and have gained international acclaim for their distinctive methodology and experimentation with design technology.

The exhibition displays some of the most audacious works by the pair, including over 35 haute couture pieces from the their collections, and an edit of earlier designs from the Viktor&Rolf archive, as well as international museum collections. The cut out shapes and textures, tulle, wheat sacks and gem stones will leave you spellbound.

One of the most alluring features of the exhibition is the Viktor & Rolf ‘Dolls’ project: replicas of antique dolls dressed in the designers’ most iconic looks. I normally start giggling nervously when in the company of scary dolls, but somehow Viktor & Rolf manage to make them adorable, in an aloof and untouchable couture sense. I mean, I’m not going to sit one on my pillow, now.

In 2016 Viktor&Rolf continue to challenge the ideas of art and fashion emerging, with masterful contrasts of minimalism and opulence, romance and excess, exuberance and control. Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists is on now at NGV International until 26 Feb, 2017.

Hamming it up in the Atelier: Viktor & Rolf for Kids photobooth.

For tickets and more information, visit NGV’s website.

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The Met’s Spring 2017 Blockbuster Exhibition: Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons


The Costume Institute’s spring 2017 exhibition will be Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, open to the public from May 4 through September 4, 2017.

See 120 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection. The exhibition will be arranged thematically rather than chronologically, and will will examine Kawakubo’s revolutionary experiments in “in-betweenness”—the space between boundaries.

“In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing. Curator Andrew Bolton will explore work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that will challenge our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture.” -Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met.

As it is every year, the major exhibition will be preceded by the Costume Institute Benefit , also known as The Met Gala, which will held on 1 May with Co-Chairs Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour, with Honorary Chair Rei Kawakubo. The Met Gala is The Costume Institute’s annual fundraiser, which provides for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements to the museum.


The Met Fifth Avenue, Floor 2, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, New York

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Pictured at top: Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Body Meets Dress – Dress Meets Body,” spring/summer 1997. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

Finding Common Ground at NGV International

Finding Common Ground at NGV International

In this free exhibition, each display is anchored by the central theme of the common ground between creative disciplines. The display draws from the NGV’s permanent collections of contemporary art, design, fashion, decorative art, photography, prints and drawings.

The themes – urbanism, nature, time, masculinity and anthropomorphism – allow viewers to explore how ideas, materials, mediums and forms flow, recur or overlap between works of art and design. From the outside in, it looks like the use of unlikely media together, often ordinary objects or nature, are used to create entirely new structures or purpose.


Common Ground is on now at NGV International until February. Entry is FREE.

Pictured at top: Patricia PICCININI Nest (2006)  enamel paint on fibreglass, leather, plastic, metal, rubber, mirror, transparent synthetic polymer resin, glass (a-b) 104.2 x 197.0 x 186.4 cm (variable) (installation) ed. 2/3 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2006 2006.415.a-b © Courtesy of the artist



If you love punk music of a certain vintage, but were too busy being born when the records came out, this compilation will look very good on you. Or maybe you were so punk in your younger days that you left your records in the back of a taxi in 2000. Whoops. Who are we to judge?

Spurts! covers 40 years of punk and post-punk music. The name comes from a song on the album by Richard Hell & The Voidoids. 93 songs later, and you’ll be schooled in the genre, with a black belt in Punk Rock.

Spurts! features The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, The MC5, The Modern Lovers, The New York Dolls, The Damned, Buzzcocks, Stranglers, Generation X, The Jam, Ramones, Patti Smith, Television, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Devo, Dead Kennedys as well as some of the great Australian bands of the era (The Saints, Radio Birdman, Boys Next Door, News and Teenage Radio Stars).

There’s also classic post-punk stuff from The Birthday Party, Joy Division, Public Image, The Cure, Ed Kuepper’s post-Saints outfit Laughing Clowns, New Order and another disc of ‘80s-to-now punk sounds with the likes of The Misfits, The Hard-ons, The Offspring, The Meanies, Pennywise, The Living End, Sweden’s Refused and Millencolin, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Royal Headache, the Smith Street Band and Clowns.

‘SPURTS! PUNK & POST-PUNK FROM THE ‘70s & BEYOND’ is out November 4 as a 4CD set #oldschool or digital download through Warner Music Australia.


Disc 1
1.The Damned – New Rose
2.Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?
3.The Stranglers – (Get A) Grip [On Yourself]
4.The Jam – In The City
5.Generation X – Ready Steady Go
6.The Saints – Know Your Product
7.Penetration – Don’t Dictate
8.Wire – 1 2 X U
9.Radio Birdman – What Gives?
10.Hollywood Brats – Sick On You
11.Dr. Feelgood – She Does It Right
12.The 101ers – Motor Boys Motor
13.Eddie & The Hot Rods – teenage Depression
14.Rich Kids – Rich Kids
15.The Boys Next Door – These Boots Are Made For Walking
16.The Only Ones – Another Girl Another Planet
17.999 – I’m Alive
18.Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve?)
19.Teenage Radio Stars – Wanna Be Ya Baby
20.The Rezillos – Top Of The Pops
21.News – Dirty Lies
22.Sham 69 – Borstal Breakout
23.Tom Robinson Band – Up Against the Wall
24.Stiff Little Fingers – Suspect Device
25.Magazine – Shot By Both Sides

Disc 2
1.Ramones – Judy Is A Punk
2.The Stooges – No Fun
3.MC5 – Teenage Lust
4.The Velvet Underground –  Sweet Jane (Full Length Version)
5.The Modern Lovers – Roadrunner
6.Flamin’ Groovies – Shake Some Action
7.New York Dolls – Jet Boy
8.Patti Smith – Gloria
9.Suicide – Rocket USA
10.Television – See No Evil
11.Richard Hell & The Voidoids – Love Comes In Spurts
12.Tuff Darts – All For The Love Of Rock & Roll (Live At CBGB’s)
13.The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
14.Devo – Uncontrollable Urge
15.Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
16.Johnny Thunders – You Can’t Put Your Arms Round A Memory
17.Ramones – Teenage Lobotomy
18.The Dictators – Stay With Me
19.Weirdos – We Got The Neutron Bomb
20.Avengers – We Are The One
21.The Germs – Lexicon Devil
22.Devo – Freedom Of Choice

Disc 3
1.Public Image Limited – Public Image
2.Gang Of Four – Love Like Anthrax
3.Wire – I Am The Fly
4.The Human League – Being Boiled
5.The Normal – Warm Leatherette
6.Joy Division – Transmission
7.The Saints – Swing For The Crime
8.The Boys Next Door – Shivers
9.The Flying Lizards – Money
10.The Slits – Typical Girls
11.The Pop Group – She Is Beyond Good And Evil
12.Sisters Of Mercy – The Damage Done
13.Laughing Clowns – Holy Joe
14.The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
15.The Fall – Totally Wired
16.The Birthday Party – Nick The Stripper
17.pel mel – No Word From China
18.New Order – Ceremony
19.Models – Two People Per Sq. Km.
20.Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (Live)

Disc 4
1.Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia
2.X – Los Angeles
3.Circle Jerks – Live Fast Die Young
4.Minor Threat – Filler
5.Misfits – Skulls
6.Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized
7.Massappeal – Fun Again
8.Hard-Ons – Just Being With You
9.The Replacements – Bastards Of Young
10.The Muffs – Lucky Guy
11.The Offspring – Self Esteem
12.NOFX – Don’t Call Me White
13.Pennywise – Society
14.The Meanies – Gangrenous
15.Descendents – I’m The One
16.Refused – The Shape Of Punk To Come
17.ALL – World’s On Heroin
18.Millencolin – No Cigar
19.The Living End – Prisoner Of Society
20.28 Days – Rip It Up
21.Gallows – In The Belly Of A Shark
22.Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Which Way To Go
23.Royal Headache – Psychotic Episode
24.Clowns – Euthanise Me
25.Luca Brasi – Aeroplane
26.The Smith Street Band – Surrender

Digital Writers’ Festival 2016

Digital Writers’ Festival 2016

Writing in the internet age has changed the way we share prose with the world. Every time we post a piece online it has the potential to reach billions of readers, even a single publisher who could change the course of our lives. The Digital Writers’ Festival aims to unite and inspire writers everywhere – it’s held entirely online, and this year it runs from 1 to 11 November.

Originating in Melbourne, Australia, a UNESCO City of Literature, DWF invites emerging writers from all over the world to participate in an innovative 11-day program, made up of panels, workshops and online collaborative events. Panel discussions are free to join, streamed on YouTube Live and archived so audiences can catch up when it suits. Other sites that facilitate the event include TinyLetter, Genius.com, Google Docs and SoundCloud), internet connection to join in.

The only festival of its kind in the world, Digital Writers’ Festival is held entirely online, with writers  from around the world attending panels and workshops live via YouTube. Audiences can dial in from where ever they are, too.

New DWF Director Jane Howard said,

“This year we ask our audiences to consider the broad possibilities for writing for the internet. In the Internet Age we have unsurpassed means of expression and communication so the possibilities for writers are limited only by our imagination. We want to unlock some of those possibilities in writers over the eleven days of the festival.”

Back for its third year, the DWF is organised by the team behind the Emerging Writers’ Festival who work to develop, nurture and promote Australia’s new writing talent through a vibrant year-round calendar of events.

About the Emerging Writers’ Festival

EWF operates year-round providing opportunities for emerging writers to develop professionally and supporting them to engage with new audiences. For more information, visit the Emerging Writers’ Festival website.

Need to know:

  • Digital Writers’ Festival 2016 runs from 1-11 NOVEMBER 2016
  • Anyone in the world with an internet connection is invited to participate in or watch DWF.
  • For the full program, please visit the Digital Writers’ Festival website.

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The Digital Writers Festival would not be possible without the support of:
Australia Council for the Arts | Monash University Faculty of Arts | City of Melbourne Melbourne Unesco City of Literature | Creative Victoria
The Stella Prize | Writers Victoria | International Literature Showcase | The Wheeler Centre 100 Story Building | WrICE | State Library Victoria | Tablo | Seizure Magazine | Fine Thought
Pictured at top: Hannah Donnelly

From The Garb Wire’s European Bureau

From The Garb Wire’s European Bureau

I had last Friday afternoon free in Barcelona. As The Garb Wire’s editor-at-large, the afternoon was put to good use investigating the Catalonian capital’s more stylish quarters. Barcelona is a modern global city laced with impressive vestiges from the city’s origin as an ancient Roman stronghold.  Now the cool kids occupy the old part of town.

Neighbourhoods such as Barri GĂČtic and El Born burst with boutiques and couture boltholes that sprout within the ancient stone frontages.  It’s an exciting fusion of Gothic grandeur with budding art and fashion, which is overlaid with Gaudi’s magical and mosaic influence that seems to infuse everything in the city.

Mel had handed me a comprehensive list of things to investigate (see her previous post).  I was motivated to get through her brief but the enchantment of these excellent neighbourhoods turned the prospect of progress instead into a beautiful meander (fortified by the discovery that Estrella Damm lager acts as a sort of sunscreen).  But I still managed to do some good work.

Commencing my investigations, my foot journey from the Segrada Familia to chic old parts of town took me down Passeig de Gràcia –a major prestige shopping avenue, and Barcelona’s equivalent to Rodeo Drive.  The usual international (but uninteresting) fashion houses hunker down here, along with Barcelona’s own contribution to fast fashion’s world stage (think Desigual and Zara). This avenue is most memorable for its peppering of mind-bendingly good examples of Barcelona’s Modernista architectural style (more Gaudi abounds).

My foot journey from the Segrada Familia to chic old parts of town took me down Passeig de Gràcia –a major prestige shopping avenue, and Barcelona’s equivalent to Rodeo Drive.

I came across Aragaza nestled in between the tourist precinct’s ubiquitous ice cream shops.  It’s a menswear label native to Barcelona, and they proudly state their clothing is designed and manufactured in the city. Their stuff achieves ruggedness and fine-detailed urbanity, and they appear to be known for their shirts, with their current line doing a nice job of imbuing cotton and linen pieces with well-placed explosions of pattern, such as paisley or watercolour brush-stroked plackets. I bought two and – while remaining untested – believe I can get away with wearing them at the beach as well as in the office.

Mel’s brief, while comprehensive, actually largely converged into one stockist.

OMG BCN is a cave of crafty wonders that’s hewn into one of Barcelona’s antiquated laneways.

OMG BCN is stocked with wares from local craftspeople, including excellent art and trinketry from Madrid artist Jose Aroda (pop art inspired ceramics and images), The Wandering Orion (whimsical statements on pennants), MatĂ­mañana (probably the best caffeine-wear in the world) and Emian Böhe (exquisite shades that hopefully help to finally wean us off our lust for bulky resin frames). Iu was the man running the show that day – he appeared to be expecting me (Mel strikes again with those far reaching social skills). Both Iu and Estelle were gracious in their hosting, with Iu scurrying between shop floor and storeroom to fetch more things to fuel my excitement.

While I didn’t manage to accomplish anywhere near the entirety of Mel’s brief, my experiences in between her listed treasures left me with the impression that Barcelona can be counted on to arouse both culture and cool, and often together.

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