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Black in Fashion: Mourning to Night

Start Date 8 February 2008
End Date 31 August 2008
Venue NGV Australia, National Gallery of Victoria
Location Melbourne, Australia
Curator Paola Di Trocchio, Laura Jocic, Roger Leong and Danielle Whitfield
Exhibition display of dress in glass vitrine
Exhibition display of dress behind built in glass vitrine
Exhibition display of dress within glass vitrines

Black in fashion is a perennial topic of discussion. Throughout history the wearing of black clothing has had multiple and often contradictory meanings. At times, it has signified death, power, elegance, urbanity, subversion and sex appeal. Black in Fashion: Mourning to Night explores the symbolism and enduring use of black in Australian and international fashion.

The exhibition draws upon garments and accessories from the mid-nineteenth century to the present from the National Gallery of Victoria’s Fashion and Textiles collections together with a number of public and private loans. Portraits dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, from the NGV’s collection of paintings, also feature.

Black in Fashion: Mourning to Night will be the first exhibition to be held across both NGV venues, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road and The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square.

Photos courtesy of National Gallery of Victoria