A wonderful new exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria's Ian Potter Centre launched last night. Titled "200 Years of Australian Fashion", it is a survey of the fashionable modes of Australia from the early colonial settlement days right through to our current designers du jour. A buzzing throng of some 700 fashionistas and supporters crammed the gallery foyer in Federation Square eager to be first to see this cleverly curated show.
Nic-Nak Castles own Mr Brown was thrilled to be included, with one of his graphically printed outfits from the 1980's, produced under the moniker of Plain Jane, lined up in the FDC (Fashion Design Council) section of the exhibition. Showing with a luminous line up of the likes of Jenny Kee, Linda Jackson, Jenny Bannister, Dion Lee, Toni Maticevski and many, many others
As with any fantastic opening event, the people and sociability do tend to stifle the exhibition as a whole. So another visit in a less frenetic environment is require for true appreciation of this spectacular that has been many years in the making. We wholeheartedly encourage a tour of this comprehensive extravaganza of Australia's fanciest modes.