A snippet of conversation was overheard yesterday, between students on the quiet, scrap-laden tenth floor of RMIT's Building 8, which happens to be designated to Fashion. Young women from different classes were comparing notes following Sydney's recent Fashion Week. One of them had been able to go but it seemed that she hadn't been interested in many of the actual catwalk parades - the show that she had seen, which she recalled with much admiration, was the one by Jenny Kee.
This conversation, you can be sure, was not the first time that the show had been singled out. In case you haven't heard, Jenny Kee is not only back, but back to her bestest. Many, many, many people, whether watching with nostalgic pride and/or fresh awe, considered the show a highlight of the Week. And a rare treat it obviously was, showcasing new prints by JK along with stunning pieces from her extensive archive, styled with the special help of none other than Anna and Luke from Romance Was Born...
But back to that conversation... The girls went on to say how remarkable it is that JK is making such a brilliant return to prominence. Again, this seems to be a common source of wonder and excitement ... and to no-one more so than JK herself.
We know this because she said so, to Janette, on the phone.
Yep, we can now announce with great pleasure, that not only did Jenny Kee drop by Milly Sleeping one day (a source of excitement in itself), we will soon be receiving a selection of her wonderful silk scarves for our Carlton and city spaces. The scarves come in varying sizes/shapes and are the perfect canvas for JK's vivid, original prints - a range of iconic designs that have recently been re-released as well as some gorgeous new works.
Watch this space for news of their arrival... or feel free to send a request for specific details of the pieces on their way.
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Thanks to Rae Begley at Little Hero for the images; all photos by Lucas Dawson.
'Art of the Scarf' show credits:
Casting and Production - Sunny Grace - Sun Productions
Styling - Anna Plunkett, Luke Sales and Jenny Kee
Concept and Direction - Jenny Kee and Rae Begley
Hair Director - Richard Kavanagh for Redken
Make Up Director - Natasha Severino for M.A.C
Nails - CND
Shoes - Melissa
Jewellery - Harlequin Markets
Flowers and Installation - Grandiflora
Music - Jonny Seymour
A NEW EXHIBITION & THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF OUR CITY SPACE ...
Well, that was fun... We just went back through our digital photo archives, intending merely to pick out some images, and found ourselves on a little adventure - a half-decade-long wander through the Times of Alexi Freeman & Milly Sleeping. Since the store began housing Alexi Freeman's eponymous label in 2006, we have done quite a lot in collaboration! Alexi has been a feature or participating artist in a number of our exhibitions, a key organiser of several of our joint off-site sales, as well as a highly-regarded designer and a great supporter of the store and local industry.
This June, at Milly sleeping in the maid's room, Alexi Freeman's diverse talents will be the focus of attention once again, when we present a small but very special exhibition of his recent work, including costumes commissioned by the Australian Ballet for the new Gideon Obarzanek work, There's Definitely a Prince Involved.
The exhibition will run from this Friday, June 08, through the first week of July.
Given the strong relationship between these stunning costumes and AF's latest collection for Spring/Summer 12/13, we will also be hosting a preview showing of a selection of samples borrowed from Alexi's Fitzroy studio - for two days only..!
Friday June 15 & Saturday June 16 at Milly sleeping in the maid's room, between 12 and 6pm.
Visitors placing pre-orders will be eligible for 15% off the RRP of their selection/s.
These rare activities will surround the official launch of our city residence at Crossley Street. Our haus-mates in the maid's room, S!X, have also recently shifted their bespoke studio to Von Haus and, down the hall, Sarah Scout have a new exhibition to open, featuring the work of Melbourne artists Anna Finlayson, Charles O'Loughlin and Mark Wingrave. Thus, we are all joining together for a more-the-merrier reception. There will be champagne ...
Saturday June 16, from 3 - 5pm.
... And we would love to see you. Please send your enquiries and RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org
But first, a little look at the past...
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Pictured above are a selection of Alexi Freeman artwork and garments from past to present, styled in some instances with pieces by other Milly Sleeping designers. All photographs were taken by Milly Sleeping at Milly Sleeping and surrounds, except for the final image which was taken at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney during the Love Lace exhibition, in which the gown made by AF and Tessa Blazey was a favoured finalist.
My particular sartorial weakness is, undoubtedly, (soft jackets and) cardigans – so much so that while taking these quick pics, I had a sweet little daydream about opening another store, called Cardigania (pronounced "Cardi-garnia"), selling only cardigans, soft jackets, and perhaps floppy bookbags and plates of honey joys.
What do you think?
In the meantime, these lovely things are all available from Milly Sleeping:
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Kuwaii Hole cardigan (RRP $349 or $297 for subscribers);
Alexi Freeman merino kite zip cardigan (RRP $375/$319);
Strange & Strange longline knit (RRP $150/$128) with S&S cardigan (RRP $165 or $140);
ffiXXed Horizontal Knit cardigan (RRP $264 or $225)
If you can bring yourself to leave home in the first place, this rainy rainy rain is actually a good companion to a bit of seeing and doing. I can vouch for this because I am sitting just outside of Andrea Tu's solo show at Sarah Scout gallery, in the Von Haus upstairs hallway, and the downpour seems to encase the works in their setting, and makes me contemplate their ambiguity afresh (simply, what kinds of landscapes are these?) ...
I can confidently recommend a visit to our space today - for tea, for art, for a little browse at Milly sleeping in the maid's room...
... We're also just a short walk from Pieces of Eight gallery, where there is a delightful new exhibition on showcasing the work of Krista McRae... which is but another big leap over a puddle to the Ian Potter Centre, where you might visit the stunning Living Water exhibition on the Ground Floor. I'm also really hoping to make it to see Linda Tegg's Goat Study at Utopian Slumps - I don't really know anything about this except that tomorrow is the last day to watch videos of goats in the gallery's Project space.