An eagerly anticipated delivery, which happened late last week, brought Milly a small number of midi-length Kuwaii camisole dresses in black and silver. Suddenly our mannequins are much happier, as they have something to wear under everything to all of the season's parties (or with nothing, on a balmy Summer's eve).
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Kuwaii camisole slip dress in Japanese rayon, endorsed by Ra the cat in row 4 (RRP $130);
Livia Arena Dissolving laser cut Ts in white and pale blue (RRP $350);
Tettmann.Doust Double Nova silk crop - Mustard Nova print (RRP $220);
Tettmann.Doust Double Nova cotton crop - Pink Green Nova print (RRP $160);
Tettmann.Doust sumptuous silk Chromatic scarves, four prints now available in store and online (RRP $280)
Also - Mücke T necklace in acid yellow (RRP $35)
A quick (dark, phone produced) glance at the Modern Love exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery, which Janette and I had the pleasure of visiting on Monday. It was, perhaps, a bit odd of me to group this exhibition with those comprising the work of contemporary local artisans as I did in the previous post... although I am happy to say that this show of international 'visionaries' does contain one ensemble by an Aussie - a really fantastic dress by Toni Maticevski, with very witty bouquet.
Other highlights include... just about everything. The exhibition is not gigantic but almost every piece held my attention or captured my heart. The lowlight was when Janette confessed to not being sure about John Galliano for Dior's magnificent puffy oriental blouse! It's a show of mastery by fashion superstars, there's no doubt about it; definitely worth a train trip if you're at all a fan of Westwood, Yamamoto, Miyake, Kawakubo, Lagerfeld, McQueen et al...
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Pictured: 'Anglomania' suit, 'Rocking Horse' shoes and hem of 'Mini Crini' ensemble by Vivienne Westwood;
Evening gown and denim jacket by Alexander McQueen;
Lurex evening jumpsuit by Norma Kamali;
quote from Yohji Yamamoto;
a dress by Rei Kawakubo, which is too dark to see in this photo but rather sublime in person;
'Haute Drape' dress by Toni Maticevski;
blouse by John Galliano for Christian Dior
Perhaps you can feel it... There is a little buzz in the Melbourne air, is there not? Possibly because it has finally been a little bit sunny; possibly because there are a lot of really exciting things happening about town.
One very big thing, which opens tomorrow, is the Melbourne Now exhibition curated by the NGV. This is a project of incredible scope and size and, without knowing what it's really going to be like, I am very excited. Partly because the very long list of youngish and oldish (emerging and established) contributing artists includes Milly designers of the past and present; partly because it includes ridiculously talented and renowned practitioners from non-fashion fields, and partly because it includes numerous names that I sort of know, or have heard of before, or possibly seen *around*. Simply reading these names, I experience a rush of associations and memories, and a strong sense of the startling industriousness of this city.
Particularly because, though the MN list is long, it is certainly limited. There are so many clever people in this town! And, of course, there are numerous exhibitions on right now that are not, strictly speaking, part of Melbourne Now...
To start with, there is Milly Sleeping's own little but beautiful installation of Anna Varendorff works (above)!
Anna's sculptural exhibition, Line Horizon, has also opened at c3 Gallery, in tandem with quite a few multi-disciplinary shows;
Stitching Time at Craft is high on my personal to-do list, featuring the work of a talented bunch including dear Penelope Durston;
Janette and I are booked in for a voyage to Bendigo, to see Modern Love;
and... somebody very nice just came in clutching an impressive catalogue from Bridget McDonnell gallery on Rathdowne Street, where she had seen the first ever solo painting show of 96-year-old East Melbourne artist, Joyce Meier!
(I'm sure I was going to mention other things but that's possibly more than enough for one day).
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Pictured: Necklaces and earrings by Anna Varendorff (priced from $130 to $310). More images and a price list can be obtained by emailing email@example.com. Please note that the pink and orange 'scribble' necklaces are both now sold.
Anna dropped by yesterday with thirteen necklaces and four pairs of earrings. These are wonderful (genuinely unique) pieces, handmade from sterling silver and lengths of electrical wire. They range in price from $130 for earrings, to $310 for the most complex of the necklaces (with many at $175 or $195). Some pictures will appear here soon and we are very happy to take enquiries via email but, if you possibly can, do drop in to try some on. They are fun! And each piece varies in terms of length, size and configuration - the line drawing that the wire makes. You may be surprised which one you like best when worn.
As this is a body of work, we are keen for the pieces to be seen together and they will be kept on display until December 15. Purchases can be secured in advance (ie. now) by leaving a deposit, with balance due upon pick up (or prior to post) once the installation has been taken down.
PS. Please don't mind the sales spiel! We'd love as many people as possible to pop by, simply to enjoy a little look...
This lovely, perhaps motley, group of items represents a glimpse at what's coming...
Just in case you should happen to have occasion to give a special gift or two in, oh, just over six weeks time... Milly Sleeping is getting a bit prepared. Fine jewellery by Mavro, stunning scarves by Jenny Kee and Tettmann.Doust, and bags/pouches AKA OOMFs - Objects of Multiple Function - by Inside Outside, will be among the store's offerings.
We are also truly excited to announce that we are about to launch a showcase of new jewellery by Anna Varendorff - 'wire drawing' necklaces and earrings that will be on display (and available for purchase) as of next week. Anna created a most beautiful show for Craft last month and is also currently working on a show for c3 Gallery (we may have already mentioned)... It's been a delight to be in touch with Anna about these unique pieces and we can't wait to reveal more.
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Images above may be indicative of incoming pieces only. Pictured:
Tangle rings by Mavro ( $55 each for sterling silver and oxidised silver);
OOMFS by Inside Outside (from $33);
giant silk scarves by Tettmann.Doust - 'pink & green nova' and 'yellow nova' prints shown (RRP $280);
various silk scarves by Jenny Kee - Wara-Tara and Waratah prints shown (from $155)
unique Anna Varendorff necklaces will be priced individually - more info. coming soon