Ballet & Fashion

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Some weeks ago, we received an unexpected invitation to attend the media preview of a new exhibition now open at the NGV International.

Ballet & Fashion was introduced by David McAllister, Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet, who described what fun he had had working with NGV curators (chiefly Roger Leong) and Vogue Editor Edwina McCann, sifting through memories and photographic archives to source the work.

The various costumes chosen are specifically those conceived by fashion designers (as opposed to costumiers). McAllister spoke briefly of the courtly origins of costumery melding with high fashion, of 20th century collaborations between such esteemed artists as Schiaparelli and Diaghilev, and of the continuation of art/fashion/dance crossovers (ballet pun!) today... He also described the learning curve that fashion designers often experience when imagining garments for the different perspective of the stage, and for the rigour that the costumes must withstand given demanding choreography and seasons of nightly performances.

The exhibition is not huge, and is composed of work that is exemplary of a very diverse array of designers and productions. This left me wanting more - more costumes from each production and more of the gaps filled in between A for Akira and V for Viktor & Rolf ... (starting with Alexi Freeman!)

There were, however, many great moments for a long-time ballet lover - Tony Maticevski's beautiful sketches for Aviary: A Suite for the Bird, seeing RMIT grad. Vanessa Leyonhjelm's tutu designed for Divergence, which I once (or twice) saw performed by Justine Summers in one of her most memorable roles, and being just about toppled over by the monumental Prokofiev score for Romeo and Juliet - luckily, when it began playing, I was already crouching near the ground to take these photos.

Many thanks to the NGV for the chance to do so. 'Twas certainly a treat.

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Pictured, from bottom:

costume by Akira Isogawa for the Sydney Dance Company;

costume sketches by Toni Maticevski;

Vanessa Leyonhjelm's tutu for Divergence by Stanton Welch for The Australian Ballet;

(feathers) costume by Toni Maticevski and Richard Nylon for Aviary by Phillip Adams for BalletLab;

costume by Viktor & Rolf for 2 Lips and Dancers and Space by Robert Wilson for Nederlands Dans Theater III;

sketches by Yves Saint Laurent;

headpiece by Richard Nylon Aviary by Phillip Adams for BalletLab;

tutu by Giles Deacon for the Black Swan Pas de Deux by The English National Ballet;

gown by Valentino for the Cast of New Year's Concert by The Vienna State Opera Ballet

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PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, MILLY SLEEPING WILL NOT BE OPEN AT THE VON HAUS CITY SPACE DURING NOVEMBER - MANY APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

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01.12.2012

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Secret

Today (Thursday) is the penultimate day of our birthday giveaway competition. We've had some very interesting responses and many really delightful birthday wishes sent our way but, just between you and me, we haven't been inundated with musical suggestions. This means that all entrants are in with a pretty decent shot to win:

- a handful of CDs by local artists including Teeth & Tongue & Split Seconds

- a pair of Alexi + Tessa perspex earrings

- a precious duo of prints by Gracia & Louise

- gorgeous ankle socks by OK OK

- a Michi Girl notebook and postcard set

- & a unique Mücke tee lace

To be in the running, you just need to tell us what music you'd like to hear playing in store, that's all. Email leah@millysleeping.com or use the #birthdaygiveaway tag to respond on Facebook or Twitter.

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PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, MILLY SLEEPING WILL NOT BE OPEN AT THE VON HAUS CITY SPACE DURING NOVEMBER - MANY APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

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30.11.2012

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Moving landscape

Last Saturday saw the launch of a new short film, created by and for Kuwaii, featuring the current collection, 'Landscape'. I spy many a gorgeous thing, on many a gorgeous bouncing babe, now available at Milly.

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PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, MILLY SLEEPING WILL NOT BE OPEN AT THE VON HAUS CITY SPACE DURING NOVEMBER - MANY APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

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30.11.2012

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Additions

New pieces are now in the online store... Happy browsing.

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PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, MILLY SLEEPING WILL NOT BE OPEN AT THE VON HAUS CITY SPACE DURING NOVEMBER - MANY APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

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30.11.2012

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Just a drop


Last week brought a surprise visit from Kuwaii's Kristy B., looking très belle in her very own Dune tank with a small delivery of said tank for Milly.

She also left with us a package containing the end result of her collaboration with local jeweller, Seb Brown. These really are the perfect complement to the current Kuwaii collection - sharing the same sort of cool, crisp, Nordic-ness, as well as a free, organic element.

The rings, earrings and bangles are all hand made from resin - each one is unique and each one is a bit of a steal we think... Our selection is very limited so please email leah@millysleeping.com to have something set aside to try on (and while you're at it, send a musical suggestion, too, to go in the draw for our birthday prizes!)

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Pictured: Kuwaii Dune tank (RRP $199)

Kuwaii x Seb Brown Amethyst bangle (RRP $125)

Kuwaii x Seb Brown earrings (RRP $35 each, sold as single earring)

Kuwaii x Seb Brown rings (RRP $35 each)

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, MILLY SLEEPING WILL NOT BE OPEN AT THE VON HAUS CITY SPACE DURING NOVEMBER - MANY APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

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30.11.2012

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