Launching today

Not that we didn't have enough stunning Alexi Freeman work to launch our city space with today, we are still very excited that our Jenny Kee scarves have arrived in time - beautiful varied designs on silk crepe de chine. 

Join us today from 3 - 5pm at Milly sleeping in the maid's room with S!X and Sarah Scout, above Von Haus, 1A Crossley Street, Melbourne.

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Jenny Kee baby bias scarves (RRP $175)

Jenny Kee baby square scarves (RRP $155)

Jenny Kee 1m square scarves (RRP $425)

Take 15% off today!



Preview showing this Friday & Saturday only ...

In conjunction with our current display of Alexi Freeman garments and costumes, Milly Sleeping is hosting a special preview showing of a selection of pieces from AF's upcoming collection for S/S 12/13.

Yes, we are aware that it's a little bit chilly outside and Summer clothes may be far from mind (unless they come complete with tropical getaway) ... BUT, the relationship between the costumes and this new collection was too striking to ignore. We are all swooning... It is a rare opportunity for Milly Sleeping and visitors to view samples ahead of their arrival in store, and potentially place a personal order - with RRPs reduced by 15% off for the occasion. A deposit will be required to secure all order/s.

When? Where? ...

This Friday and Saturday only, June 15/16, from 12pm to 6pm.

Milly sleeping in the maid's room, upstairs at Von Haus, 1A Crossley Street, Melbourne.

Don't forget, this is also an opportunity to view the costumes, as well as garments from Alexi Freeman's current A/W collection... AND, on the Saturday between 3pm and 5pm, it will be time for a drink with S!X and Sarah Scout, as we official launch/open/celebrate all of the many everythings that are happening during this busy time at Von Haus.

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Pictured above: 
all garments by Alexi Freeman; jewellery by ALEXI + TESSA, Alexi Freeman in collaboration with Tessa Blazey;
photography by Marnie Haddad.



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Art of the Scarf

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



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Alexi Freeman in the maid's room


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

But first, a little look at the past...

Thanks Alexi!

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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.



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