I attended the opening of the Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria a few weeks ago for The Modern Con. It promised to “showcase the glamour and modernity of the Art Deco period through the work of fashion’s most influential photographer, Edward Steichen, and stunning Art Deco fashion garments and accessories”. And promise it did!
This stunning NGV exhibition features almost 200 of Steichen’s original vintage photographs, borrowed from the Condé Nast archives. Steichen was the chief photographer for their most prestigious magazines Vanity Fair and Vogue during the 1920s and 30s. His photographs are featured alongside more than forty amazing Art Deco fashion pieces from the NGV Collection and private collections.
I also got to meet the lovely Kate from Wardrobe V Pantry!
Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion is on display at NGV International from 18 October 2013 to 2 March 2014. It’s well worth spending an hour or two pouring over the photos and marvelling at the intricate beading of each dress. I also left feeling a bit sad that we no longer dress up as beautifully in our daily lives. I’d like to wear sequins every day!
Open 10am–5pm, closed Tuesdays. Admission fees apply: Adult $12 | Concession $10 | Family $30.