Sculptural, sumptuous, yet spiritual and subtle. Hall Ludlow's work has left an indelible mark on the Australian fashion history.
As Australia's first true 'couturier', Ludow opened his dress salon in Melbourne in 1949, and subsequently in Hong Kong and Sydney. Ludlow developed a distinct aesthetic and style of dressing that competed with the best of international design trends, and was awarded the prestigious Gown of the Year award in 1953 and in 1959.
Ludlow collaborated with celebrated local photographers Helmut Newton, Athol Shmith and Bruno Benini and elite models such as Diane Masters and Maggie Tabberer. Many of these fashion photographs are iconic references to Melbourne during the 1950s.
Sourced from private collections, this exhibition includes a range of fashions spanning 50 years, from wedding gowns to sun hats and a selection of rare archival material including original toiles, decorative trims, scrap books, photographs and film footage. This exhibition is part of the 2005 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
The gallery is located diagonally opposite Melbourne Central Railway Station and can be reached by trams traveling on Swanston and La Trobe Streets, including the City Circle Tram.
Limited street parking is available.