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Fashion Exhibitions: House of Tarvydas and Looking Out

3 September 2008

House of Tarvydas Exhibition

The other week I went to the opening party of two fashion exhibitions.

The first, House of Tarvydas, was simply amazing. Ruth Tarvydas, one of Western Australia’s most celebrated fashion designers, displays an impressive selection of her works from 1968 to the present day.

She was a teenager when she started her label, striving to create a glamorous, edgy, elegant and sexy brand. Now she has buyers, stores and celebrity fans from all over the globe – UK, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the UK, France, Italy, Switzerland Greece, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates.

There are some really interesting video footage that take a look at her career, its significance to the local industry and influence on Australian fashion.

I’ve never seen a chronological exhibition of one fashion label before. So it was quite fascinating for me to see the vast changes in style (of one brand) throughout the decades, along with the ever changing seasons of fashion and trends.

Yet I could see that her garments were always fresh and exciting, and always true to her “glamorous and sexy” brand.

But basically I really enjoyed swooning over all the gorgeous dresses! Many of the older ones were endearing and delightfully weird and wacky – to think, there was a time in history, that huge sail sleeves were incredibly fashionable!

The exhibition ends on the 10 October 2008 at the John Curtin Gallery at Curtin University, Bentley.

Looking Out Exhibition

The second exhibition, Looking Out, is also at the John Curtin Gallery and ends at the same time, 10 October 2008.

This exhibition presents 5 contemporary Western Australian fashion designers whose work has an international focus – ae’lkemi, Aurelio Costarella, ericaamerica, Material Boy and Megan Salmon. It also reflects on the dynamic and innovative nature of fashion design in Western Australia.

Again, the exhibition was really interesting. It had a nice range of styles and unique garments.

I really enjoyed the way the exhibition was designed – allowing people to walk around the floating mannequins, to get up close to the garments, to see them on a “body”, to see how the clothes fall, and to examine all the intricate details of the textures and fabrics.

It’s something you definitely can’t do at a fashion catwalk show. And if you’re at a function, you’d probably break all kinds of social etiquettes by examining someone’s dress.

Overall, the two exhibitions were FANTASTIC and definitely worth a look!

First image of garments by Ruth Tarvydas. Second image, left to right, garments by ae’lkemi, Aurelio Costarella and Megan Salmon.