High Risk Dressing / Critical Fashion, which examines the continued influence of the legendary Fashion Design Council (FDC) on today’s fashion practice, has been extended until Thursday 13 April.
Due to popular demand, the exhibition at RMIT Design Hub will stay open for another month, with a new program of public performances, workshops and live cataloguing sessions of the FDC archive.
The FDC (based in Melbourne from1983–1993) was a membership-based organisation established to support, promote and provoke avant-garde Australian fashion, founded by Robert Buckingham, Kate Durham and Robert Pearce.
By using the FDC materials housed within the RMIT Design Archives as a leaping off point, the exhibition opens up and queries ideas promoted by the FDC while looking at the relevance of the Council to contemporary practice today.
Rather than looking back with nostalgia at this rich period of fashion practice, the Design Hub has been transformed into four sets to display the work of 11 contemporary fashion designers.
Four local architecture practices – Sibling Architecture, Studiobird with Caitlyn Parry, WOWOWA Architecture and Andre Bonnice and Ziga Testen – were commissioned to produce scenography that references the creative, social and promotional spaces central to FDC activities – the Office, the Bar, the Shop and the Archive.
Each studio was asked to design a set that captures the shift outlined in our title: from an emerging, provocative, collaborative creative culture to today’s world of internationally-networked, conceptually-driven contemporary fashion practice.
The FDC collection – including printed matter, video footage and photographs – will be unpacked, discussed and catalogued in a new archive space designed by Ziga Testen. In this zone, we draw on critical reflections from original members of the FDC, as well as other designers, musicians and writers associated with the organisation.
Curatorium: Professor Robyn Healy, Dr Fleur Watson, Kate Rhodes, Nella Themelios
Research Assistant: Laura Gardner
Fashion Practitioners include: Adele Varcoe, Alexandra Deam, Annie Wu, Chorus, D&K, Laura Gardner, Martha Poggioli, Matthew Linde, PAGEANT, S!X, Winnie Ha Mitford
Scenography designers: Sibling Architecture, Studiobird and Caitlyn Parry, WOWOWA Architecture and Andre Bonnice, Ziga Testen
Photography: Tobias Titz
What: High Risk Dressing / Critical Fashion
When: Until Thursday 13 April
Where: RMIT Design Hub, Project Rooms 1 and 2, Level 2, RMIT Building 100, Corner of Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton, 3053
Design Hub opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 6pm; Saturday, 12 noon to 5pm; Closed Sunday, Monday
High Risk Dressing / Critical Fashion party: Thursday 16 March, 6pm to 8pm - Design Hub is hosting a special celebration as part of Melbourne Design Week. The party includes D&K’s performance All or Nothing and a live DJ set by Andras & Lewis Fidock, presenters of RRR’s Strange Holiday.
For interviews: Lara Paterson, Zilla & Brook, 0421 621 633.
For general media enquiries: Louise Handran, (03) 9925 9088 or 0400 715 363.