I have a date with my business partner to have a good and proper look at this new exhibition but, for official blog purposes, I made a flying visit to Ian Potter and had a one-eyed glance around at Bush Couture by Linda Jackson. I can't tell you anything about the show, really, except that it seems very wonderful ...
... And, that while the clothes are certainly not misrepresented in being celebrated as something uniquely and iconically Australian, the range of influences and the styles presented are varied, very multi-cultural, and there's not much that I'd call kitsch.
I also picked up the handsome accompanying booklet, which holds an essay by Laura Jocic and a lovely selection of Linda Jackson's personal photographs.
Inspired, I've had a real play with our gorgeous sale pieces, to try to create a Linda Jackson look... taking note of the strong influence of Modernist blockiness and geometric textiles, billowing silhouettes and bush-inspired textures and markings...
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Pictured: Limedrop silk cape-sleeve top (RRP $264 NOW $198) with Limedrop silk blouse, worn as skirt (RRP $299 NOW $224);
Romance Was Born silk cotton box tee (RRP $290 NOW $218) with Romance Was Born Empress print denim skirt (RRP $230 NOW $173);
Mücke shirttop (RRP $154 now $116) with High Tea Wayward Wanderlust skirt (RRP $275 NOW $206) and Jolet Refections shirt jacket (RRP $290 NOW $247);
Limedrop check tail shirt (RRP $242 NOW $177) with Limedrop floral jersey skirt, worn as poncho (RRP $110 NOW $83)
The current major exhibition at NGV International this summer (it is summer, isn't it?) is The Mad Square.
The few people I know of who have seen it agree that it's really excellent, which is why it's such a shame that lots of people don't seem to know that it's on... I've come across very little word of it on the streets other than this one bedraggled postcard that I walked past twice before I finally picked it up from the ground.
Okay, so you can see that it might not be a really PG show, which I suppose accounts for the lack of obvious publicity..? It's a large exhibition and a wide window to a grim and sometimes lewd world: Berlin, pre WWI to pre WW2. The mind certainly reels at 'the events', figures and clashing ideas of the time, and it may well reel at the range of artistic responses - expository, brutal, satirical, witty and even whimsical, or hopeful, radical, revolutionary - and stunningly skillful.
A highlight for me were the strange, funny, gorgeous, ugly collage works by Hannah Höch, who is not pictured above. I hoped to make HH Milly's muse for the week ... but, A/ I had little photographic evidence to work from (I know she had great hair, at least) and B/ it turned out to be quite hard to channel a somewhat androgynous German in the 1930s (given that a lot of our current garments have a more 70s, 90s, today feel) - but I tried:
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Pictured: Secretary at West German Radio in Cologne (1931) by August Sander;
ffiXXed cotton raglan dress shirt (RRP $197 NOW $148) with High Tea Wayward Wanderlust skirt (RRP $275 NOW $206);
Self-Portrait (1927) by Christian Schad;
Kuwaii Cosmic pant (RRP $269 NOW $202) with High Tea Chapter Two top (RRP $264 NOW $198) and Mücke vest cardigan (RRP $220 now $165)
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Milly Sleeping has reopened for 2012. We are slowly getting back into the swing of the things, with the wave of SALE carrying us along.
There are many great discounted pieces to see. Current season garments and accessories (several of which arrived in December) are now available at 15-25% off the RRP, which goes a little like this:
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Mücke vest cardigan: WAS $220 NOW $165, with Jolet Interstice pleat skirt: WAS $265 NOW $199;
Alexi Freeman silk Lace Chain shift dress: WAS $395 NOW $296;
AF shift dress with Jolet Remembrances shirt jacket: WAS $290 NOW $218, and Alexi Freeman chain scarf: WAS $89 NOW $76;
Jolet Contemplation trousers: WERE $240 now $180, with Kuwaii Secrets shirt: WAS $259 NOW $194, and ffiXXed living scarf: WAS $99 NOW $74;
Livia Arena navy linen tee: WAS $132 NOW $99, with Arnsdorf Stevie skirt WAS $380 NOW $285;
Arnsdorf silk kaftan dress: WAS $360 NOW $270, with Limedrop big check shirt: WAS $187 NOW $140, and Primoeza landscape wrap: WAS $219 NOW $164
One of us was in a pre-Christmas frazzle and forgot to post the very last post! Oh well, this beautiful Limedrop dress had sold out anyway...
So all that's left (for now) is to wish you belatedly a very happy holiday period. Thank you x 1000 + ♥ for dropping in here to our website and there to our Elgin Street store. And thank you x 1000 + ♥ to all the people that work with us, for their absolute everything.
Milly Sleeping will be open again this Friday, Dec. 30, from 11 - 6 and Saturday, Dec. 31, from 10 - 5. The store will reopen in 2012 on Tuesday, January 2, from 11 - 5. We look forward to seeing you again.
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... Wendy wears Romance Was Born 'white diamante' box tee (RRP $290 or $247 for subscribers) with OK OK bamboo tights (RRP $30) - and no doubt a pretty little skirt, too.