Have you ever had a dress that changed your world?
Lisa Miles believes she has found hers in the Model Gowns department of the prestigious department store, where she recently gained a job on her own merits.
Like all of the gorgeous haute couture dresses on display, the fabulous frock has a name, the Lisette, and the lovely Lisa longs for the day she might be able to make it her own.
Fashion meets art, and life is a work of art in the making, a sentiment entirely proved as the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) starts its 2016 theatrical season in a dancing and singing celebratory mode, presenting the brilliant production by the Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) of Ladies in Black.
A truly delightful heart-warming and very simple story, it is based on Madeleine St John’s well-known novel.
This life-affirming adventure, one imagined with marvellous music and meaningful lyrics by Tim Finn, was a huge hit in Brizzie last year with its smoothly operating set and gorgeous costumes by award winning designer Gabriela Tylesova.
She was inspired to produce garments with that feel good 50’s Dior feel, which show off our Ladies in Black’s figures and their considerable style to great effect.
It is musical theatre at its best, a laugh out loud comedic gem punctuated by moments of serious heart rendering emotion, as the Ladies in Black are brought to vibrant life by an exceptional ensemble cast.
They expertly craft their characters, infusing them with a great deal of love and understanding.
Directed by Simon Phillips, this very special piece of performance art brilliantly captures the Aussie psyche and social attitudes that prevailed during the 1950’s in Australia.
Fashionable attire is a footnote to culture and a changing and eternal form of human expression. It dictates and reflects the changes and concerns of a society in any one place at any one time.
Since economics most often determine the development of the societies in question, major art and design institutions cannot neglect its study, as it is an integral aspect of the evolution of art, design and style.
Among a small selection of glorious haute couture costume on display at the National Gallery of Victoria recently for an important announcement, was a selection of very rare 1920’s-era gowns, gloriously draped Grecian-style sheaths by Parisian designer Madame Grès (1903-1993) who said “For a dress to survive from one era to the next, it must be marked with an extreme purity.”
Madame Grès renowned for having a Midas touch, turned ordinary textiles into glorious examples of Greek sculpture, her couture fashion house in Paris between the wars labelled ‘the most intellectual place in Europe to buy clothes’.
The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle understood the best and happiest life for any individual, was when the State revealed the value of new objects of desire and educated its citizens to appreciate them. It was all about giving each individual increased opportunity for self-development and a greater capacity for the enjoyment of life
Aristotle believed in a democracy good character was an indispensable condition and that the chief determinant of happiness in itself, should be a goal for all human doing.
He talked specifically about benefaction, when a good man does many things for the sake of his friends, his country and, the greater good.
A fine example of giving without expected reward, except perhaps for the broad smiles on other people’s faces, took place at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) on February 9, 2016 when Director Tony Ellwood announced the largest acquisition of French haute couture in the NGV’s history and one of the world’s most ‘sought after fashion collections’.
Melbourne-based philanthropist, lover of the arts and a champion of fashionable attire, Krystyna Campbell-Pretty donated $1.4 million dollars of funds to secure the collection in memory of her husband Harold Campbell-Pretty (1943-2014).
Krystyna Campbell-Pretty related how her husband Harold Campbell-Pretty had grown up with a love of clothes and couture, influenced by the many talented amateur seamstresses in his large extended household.
He not only loved beautiful clothes Krystyna told us, but also understood his wife’s view that ‘fashion is multi-dimensional’.
Krystana believes that fashion encompasses design, artistic and construction skills of the highest level, social history, society’s values and attitudes to the roles of both sexes’.
It is a fitting tribute, The Dominique Sirop Collection of Costume represents society’s fashionable concerns 1800 – 2003, the majority falling within the period 1890-1960.
It includes some eleven (11) gowns by the renowned Christian Dior, including one couture number from his first collection, twelve (12) works by Coco Chanel, eight (8) works by Jeanne Lanvin, eleven (11) works by Madeleine Vionnet, and above all, three (3) works by the man considered the ‘father of haute couture’ English born Paris based designer Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) who dominated Parisian fashion during the latter half of the nineteenth century.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there will be chocolates and flowers in abundance.
What’s the gift that secretly I think all women love?
Well for me it’s something that lasts more than a few days. Welcome to the world of luscious lingerie!
In today’s market we are spoiled for choice, not only in design, but price range too.
No need to break the bank to feel like a queen!
The underworld of lingerie can divide opinion.
Do you go for comfort or for aesthetics?
Do you love colour or are you a monotone gal?
Cotton or lycra, silk or lace, what’s your secret style?
In my eyes, …
Beloved by players, singers and his pupils and popular audiences Conductor, Alberto Zelman died prematurely in 1927, aged 52. An extraordinarily gifted musician, his legacy of excellence to ‘Melbourne’s embryonic musical scene’, included the formation of two orchestras, the mighty MSO and the one that bore his name, the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra (ZMSO).
Today the ZMSO offers a season of five concerts, under the baton of conductor Mark Shiell, who continues to guide their passionate pursuit of playing music of its appreciative audiences. That includes one that is free. In June this year they present three young amazing pianists competing to win the Booroondara Eisteddford Piano Concerto Award. Their Young Romantics program will be sure to thrill in May, with an American Story to look forward to in September with Scandinavian Masterpieces in December.
The season will commence March 5, 2016 at the Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre at Kew, Melbourne, when the ZMSO present the mighty, complex and quite brilliant Piano Concerto No 1 composed by nineteenth century Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893), as well as the Symphony No 1, Winter Daydreams his ‘earliest notable composition’. Guest artist will be multi-award winning pianist Hoang Pham, who has built a considerable reputation since winning the 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer’s Award.
Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No 1 comes from a man who dedicated his life to music. It always provokes a profound emotional response from audiences around the world wherever and whenever it is played.
An exponent of the prevailing taste now known as Romanticism, Tchaikovsky infused his works with order, calm, harmony, balance and rationality. However they are distinguished always by being infused with the dramatic temperament attached to his distinctive Russian heritage.
Tchaikovsky championed the human spirit by offering moments of perfection in his works that inspired others to achieve. His music for the ballet is much loved. His Winter Daydreams composed within his first five years after graduating from the St Petersburg Conservatory, was dedicated to its Director Nikolai Rubinstein. He wrote to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck in 1883 “although it is in many ways very immature, yet fundamentally it has more substance and is better than any of my other more mature works”. Like all Tchaikovsky’s works it conveys the ‘joys, loves and sorrows of the human heart’, never failing to move the depths of the soul. Be sure to catch the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra’s Season 2016 | Buy Tickets Online Now
Fashion meets art, and life is a work of art in the making, as the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) 2016 theatrical season starts its season with Ladies in Black
To start the musical year the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra presents solo recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger, who has redefined the recorder for the modern age
Zelman Symphony Memorial Orchestra 2016 season starts March 5 with the might Piano Concerto No 1 & Winter Daydreams by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Dress Collective is aiming to stir up the local fashion scene for the 2016 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival Offsite Runways Series Feb 13, 2016
Palace Cinemas have a winner with their support of the much feted Alliance Française French Film Festival, which will commence in 2016 around Australia in March