couture_postcardThis fascinating exhibition has been running at the Bendigo Art Gallery since December and is a “must see” for the fashion aficionado or textile enthusiast.  Wonderfully displayed pieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London showcase the fashions of the decade post World War 2 giving the visitor an insight into the motivations of the designers as well as a chance to view garments that might well have only been worn once or twice by their owners.

Of particular interest to doll makers are the Theatre de la Mode pieces on display – dolls of about 24″ in height dressed in beautifully made couture outfits from each of the major French design houses.  These are stunning miniature Dior, Franke, Shiarapelli and other designer gowns rendered in precise detail and in exquisite fabrics, even down to the shoes and undergarments.

Photography is not permitted in the exhibition so the acquisition of the Exhibition Catalogue was the only way one could keep a visual record of the occasion.

Highly recommended = but be advised that the exhibition closes on March 22nd so mark off a time in your calendar and head up the highway! Introductory talks are held at 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays or groups can book a talk with the gallery staff.

Also highly recommended is the Devonshire Tea at the Gallery cafe – $6.50 for two enormous scones, a home made raspberry and blueberry jam and cream with your choice of tea or coffee – very good value!

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