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Hollywood Costume – The Art of Becoming to New Frontiers

Hollywood Costume – The Art of Becoming to New Frontiers

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Hollywood Costume the Winter Masterpiece Exhibition at ACMI in Melbourne is presenting the costumes worn by characters we have admired at the movies 1912-2012

Art of Living Well – Antiquity to a Villa in Australia Today

Art of Living Well – Antiquity to a Villa in Australia Today

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Our art of living well has evolved since antiquity in Europe to a residence in Australia today through a diverse and special mix of peoples and their cultures

Architectural Heritage – Integral to Cultural Development

Architectural Heritage – Integral to Cultural Development

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The intellectual ideas of every period in world history have always been reflected in its architecture. It is important we consider well the consequences of the decisions we make in tearing down our living heritage, even in regard to modern buildings of great merit.

Intimate World of the Fashionable

Intimate World of the Fashionable

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What is fashion? Is it glamour, beauty and style? Or about managing finances and living like a socialite on a shoestring while trying to looking current and cutting edge when you are really wearing someone’s cast off’s from the latest vintage store in town. Are there rules about this sort…

A Passion for Gothic Decoration by Brian Brennan

A Passion for Gothic Decoration by Brian Brennan

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The decorative arts were never considered secondary by Augustus Welby Pugin. As an architect he might design the structure of a house, church or institution, but he conceived of the building, its fittings and furnishings as a ‘complete work of art.’

The Culture Concept Circle

The Culture Concept Circle

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‘This site takes the often complex world of history, design and the arts to a whole new level. It’s a cultural journey filled with beautiful images and fascinating stories. I love the simplicity and richness of the content and I’m sure you will too – never boring always fascinating! In…

Favourite Books – Andrea Palladio, The Architect in his Time

Favourite Books – Andrea Palladio, The Architect in his Time

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Professor Bruce Boucher’s scholarly and accessible work, Andrea Palladio, The Architect in his Time was first published in 1994  in a ‘user friendly version’…to fit comfortably into a suitcase or backpack for a quick trip to Vicenza, the scene of many of Palladio’s triumphant works in architecture. Don’t know about…

Youthful Style

Youthful Style

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During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the economic and social forces, which underpinned Victorian stability, were shattered, Britain’s manufacturing power was threatened at home by industrial unrest and internationally by America, Germany and Japan. Growing feminist and socialist movements characterize this period as one of protracted crisis. The…

The Block, a Renovating Nightmare or, a Restoration Delight

The Block, a Renovating Nightmare or, a Restoration Delight

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Do the protagonists on television’s real estate renovating reality show, The Block at Melbourne in 2011 face a renovating nightmare, or a restoration delight?

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

Elegance, a refinement of taste to cultivate polite society

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An evening of traditional elegance, say at the White House or Government House Australia, still requires a perfection of planning and wise organisation so that it appears not to be contrived at all.

Fashion Festivities @ Melbourne – Creating Style

Fashion Festivities @ Melbourne – Creating Style

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Fillies in fabulous frocks showing off their festival form and fine fetlocks usually happens at Melbourne in November at the horse racing event of the Australian calendar, the Melbourne Cup. But even the fastest of them would not finish ahead of the ferocious fashionista’s all clad in fantastic finery competing, clamouring and cramming into celebratory events all over the city during L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Week March 14 – 20, 2011.

A Cultural Conundrum – Melbourne vs Brisbane, the new Black?

A Cultural Conundrum – Melbourne vs Brisbane, the new Black?

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It was very interesting to discover that the cover story in the A2 Section (Culture and Life) of the The Age Newspaper on Saturday October 16, 2010  here in Melbourne was about Brisbane. The headline read  ‘Forget Melbourne vs Sydney. Is Brisbane our new cultural capital’? The byline added ‘Brisbane’s…

Residence – a Profile of a Stylish Designer

Residence – a Profile of a Stylish Designer

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Residence splendidly showcases the ability of Sydney based international designer Thomas Hamel to produce an interior that accommodates the needs of the client in a timelessly elegant and unforgettable way. This beautiful illustrated volume provides an insight into some of his favourite projects. Chapters are accompanied by a description of the design process used in each transformation