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Public programs


Valentino | Evening gown | Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2003, Model 130 | Collection: Valentino Archives | Photograph: Jean Tholance

Public Programs

In Conversation: Dressing the Stars

4.00pm Friday 27 August, Cinem B, GoMA
Explore the relationship between film and fashion through Valentino’s designs for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn with Queensland University of Technology fashion staff Suzi Vaughan and Tiziana Ferrero-Regis. Free.

Material Culture: Illustrated Lecture Series

Commencing 2.00pm Saturday 11 September, Cinema B, GoMA
Free. No bookings required however seating is limited

Join fashion historians from the Queensland University of Technology for a comprehensive insight into the history of fashion from the last 50 years – from 1950s chic and 1960s minimalism to 1970s anti-fashion, 1980s excesses and recent remixes of old and new styles. Over six sessions, this illustrated series gives insight into the issues and inspirations that sparked major fashion developments.

Saturday 11 September – Series introduction
50 years of Italian fashion: From Valentino to Made in Italy to Made in China
Italian couture started officially in Rome in 1949 with Sorelle Fontana (Fontana Sisters) who designed for the first Hollywood stars working in the film studio Cinecittà. Italian couture evolved with Valentino, Emilio Pucci and Roberto Capucci, but it was with ready-to-wear fashions of the 1970s that Italian fashion emerged with strong success all over the world. In this talk, Dr Tiziana Ferrero-Regis (Lecturer, Fashion History and Theory) presents past and current Italian fashion, suggesting that in the current global climate, Italian fashion cannot rest on the laurels of its past.

Saturday 25 September
The icons of 1950s chic

Fashion in the 1950s is usually associated with high-end glamour, luxury couture and extreme elegance. Join Jane Morley (Lecturer, Fashion Design) and Kath Horton (Lecturer, Fashion Theory and History) as they examine key icons from the decade to discuss how ‘chic’ can take diverse forms. From screen sirens such as Marilyn Monroe to cultural figures such as Simone de Beauvoir, they will present some of the decade’s most stylish figures, suggesting that beauty in the modern age is always democratic.

Saturday 9 October
1960s Fashion minimalism

Fashion in London in the 1960s is often remembered as an exciting time of experimentation and bold choices, as well as the simple tailored lines of the mini skirt, A-line dress and trouser suit. Join Angela Finn (PhD Candidate) for a look at iconic designers from the 1960s in relation to the development of fashion ‘minimalism’.

Saturday 23 October
Transgression and the everyday: Art and fashion in the 1970s

Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren has said that punk fashion truly began in New York. In the 1970s, New York was home to the burgeoning punk scene, Fluxus artists and Andy Warhol’s ‘Factory’. Trace the connections between designers, artists and the musicians who became fashion icons such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, Malcolm McLaren, Richard Hell, Lou Reed, and Andy Warhol with Alice Payne (PhD candidate).

Saturday 6 November
Dynasty to Daikanyama, 1980s flash to trash

Join Ben Byrne (Research and Postgraduate secretary and independent fashion lecturer, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University) as he explores the dramatic differences between Japanese and Western fashion aesthetics that emerged with the first collections of designers Comme Des Garçon, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake in Paris in the 1980s.

Saturday 13 November
In conversation: Fashion remix

What does fashion mean today in Australia? Join Jane Morley and Dean Brough (Lecturers, Fashion Design) in conversation with Professor Suzi Vaughan (Portfolio Director, Fashion, Journalism, Media and Communication) as they consider what fashion looks like and how we engage with it at the start of the twenty-first century. Fast and slow, local and global, handmade and mass manufactured, consumed and thrown away – what are the possibilities and dilemmas for fashion designers and consumers in the future?

Fashion in Art: Collection Talks

Selected Wednesdays 11.30am, repeated Sundays 2.30pm, QAG
Fashion has been depicted in art throughout history to reflect social, religious or historical meanings. Explore works in the Queensland Art Gallery Collection areas of Australian, Asian and International art in a new light through focus talks on fashion and art. Free. No bookings necessary. Please meet at the Gibson entrance, QAG.

11.30am Wednesday 15 September, repeated 2.30pm Sunday 26 September
Australian art of the Edwardian period with Angela Goddard, Curator, Australian Art to 1975
The Edwardian period was characterised by opulence, excess and the collision of high society with bohemian style. The lure of Paris and London offered the prospect of financial and social success for Australian artists, who painted society figures of the time.

11.30am Wednesday 6 October, repeated 2.30pm Sunday 17 October
International art and portraiture with David Burnett, Curator, International Art

English portrait painters of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries received commissions to depict the aristocracy and wealthier merchant class, informed by Italian painting traditions and the exoticism of Greek mythology and its symbolism.

11.30am Wednesday 27 October, repeated 2.30pm Sunday 14 November
Historical Asian photography and the everyday with Mellissa Kavenagh, Assistant Curator, Asian and Pacific Art

Ukiyo-e prints and studio photography from the Meiji period (1868–1912) reflect popular trends and innovations in textiles of the time, as well as vast changes in Japanese society – from the street to the studio.

Curator’s Tours

11.30am Thursday 12 August
1.30pm Thursday 9 September
3.00pm Sunday 10 October
1.00pm Saturday 13 November

Tour the exhibition with Miranda Wallace, Senior Curator, Exhibitions and Research. Purchase your ticket and meet inside the exhibition entry. No bookings required.

Volunteer Guided Tours

Daily from 9 August

11.00am |12noon | 2.00pm
Purchase your exhibition ticket and meet your guide inside the exhibition entrance.

Tour for hearing-impaired visitors

10.00am | Friday 27 August
Assistive listening devices (FM system) are available for visitors with a hearing impairment. As the number of devices is limited, bookings are essential. To book, call the Education Bookings Office on (07)3840 7255 between 8.30am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday or email schoolbookings@qag.qld.gov.au. Admission fees apply.

Auslan-interpreted tour for Deaf visitors

3.00pm | Sunday 29 August
Purchase your exhibition ticket and meet your guide inside the exhibition entrance.  No bookings required.


Past Programs

Opening Weekend Talks

Designers share their thoughts on favourite Valentino designs featured in the exhibition.

Saturday 7 August
Georgina Safe, Fashion Editor,The Australian
12.30pm: Gail Reid (Designer, Gail Sorronda), Brisbane
1.30pm: Katie Somerville, Curator, Australian Fashion and Textiles, National Gallery of Victoria
2.30pm: Dion Lee, Designer, Sydney

Sunday 8 August
Miranda Wallace, Senior Curator, Exhibitions and Research