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Swish: Fashionable Melbourne of the 50s

Start Date 9 August 2003
End Date 11 January 2004
Venue National Gallery of Victoria
Location Melbourne, Australia
Curator Katie Somerville & Danielle Whitfield
Exhibition display of dress

Celebrating fashionable life in Melbourne during the 1950s, this exhibition examines the influences and inspiration behind the creation and wearing of fashion during this popular decade. Key Australian designers and labels from the NGV Collection are showcased, including Le Louvre, Hall Ludlow, Linda Suchestow, La Petite, Georges and Lucas. Melbourne’s developing fashion identity is profiled alongside growing connections with American style and the continuation of a longstanding influence of British and French design.

Photo courtesy of National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne