form, chance and the little black dress
Exhibition: 8 June - 8 July 2007
Opening: 16 June, 6-8pm
Salon Walk + Curator's Talk: Sunday 17 June 2-3.30pm
No longer content to follow the pace of the seasons, contemporary fashion is fast and disposable - so fast that appearing 'up to date' has become nonsensical.
A conceptual response to the dilemma of fashion's pace has been made by QUT's first Honours graduates in Fashion Design: Carla O'Donnell, Paula Dunlop, and Dani Klein. SLOW FASHION is the exhibition of the graduates' sensual and, more importantly, wearable collections.
While on display at Noosa Regional Gallery from 8 June to 8 July, a striking and thought-provoking Salon Walk of selected garments and a curator's talk will be held on Sunday 17 June at 2pm.
Suzi Vaughan, QUT's Portfolio Director (Fashion, Journalism, Media & Communication) and Discipline Leader for Fashion, is also the curator of SLOW FASHION. She says "Individually these emerging designers present three unique approaches to fashion design practice. Collectively their work presents a foil to the frenetic pace of fast fashion."
"It is conceptual development of this work which sets it apart," Vaughan explains. "Each of these young designers investigate the processes and meanings of contemporary fashion through their practice."
Vaughan continues, "But if the process favours the mind, the outcomes are resolutely fixed on the body. The three collections are comprised of eminently wearable, sensual garments."
"SLOW FASHION is an insight into a new fashion time," Vaughan says.
A magician of form, Carla O'Donnell's collection explores clothing as an intimate space. The garments, loosely constructed from boxes of varied shapes and sizes, results in a unique aesthetic that is both avant-garde and quietly glamorous.
Paula Dunlop arrives at form, shape and volume via chance operations, allowing her to develop clothing shapes which would be otherwise unimaginable. This playful process is tempered by Dunlop's very conscious choice of ethically sustainable fabric - fair trade organically grown cotton, bricolaged with recycled kimonos and saris.
The fashion classic, the little black dress is the starting point for Dani Klein. Using a 1940s vintage black wool crepe dress as a design template, Klein takes its essence through a series of transformations of shape, cut and colour. Abstracted, cut up and reassembled, Klein's final collection sees the little black dress as beautifully de-familiar.
SLOW FASHION is proudly supported by the Friends Noosa Regional Gallery
Exhibition Slow Fashion - form, chance and the little black dress
8 June - 8 July 2007, Noosa Regional Gallery
Opening: Saturday 16 June, 6-8pm - public welcome
Salon Walk + Curator's Talk
Sunday 17 June, 2-3.30pm at Noosa Regional Gallery
Admission: $30 (incl.gst), including champagne + light refreshments
photograph: Dani Klein Little Black Dress 2006 - Photography: Sonja De Sterke