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The Clothing and Fashion Exhibitions at Powerhouse Museum

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There is a wide array of exhibitions at Powerhouse Museum. I was particularly drawn to two clothing and fashion exhibitions. The first one is the annual Student Fashion display, which also now in its 20th anniversary. For an event that can last for 2 decades, I envisaged that there must be something special. The other one is the exhibition about Muslim women's style in Australia. Most of the fashion exhibitions are for mainstream fashion, having one dedicated for showcasing modest fashion is interesting.

Making it: 20 years of Student Fashion

This annual Student Fashion display is a showcase of outstanding designs from the top four fashion graduates of 2012. This includes Inder Dhillon from the Fashion Design Studio, Sydney TAFE; Andriana Jacky from Raffles College of Design and Commerce; Kathleen Choo from the University of Technology, Sydney and Ryan Samways from the Whitehouse Institute of Design.

Making it: 20 years of Student Fashion
Making it: 20 years of Student Fashion


More importantly, this year also marks the 20th anniversary of this annual show. Highlights are also placed on the current work of some of former students, including designers who established their own fashion labels, and worked for major Australian and international fashion brands.

Note: This annual Student Fashion display is currently showing until 7 October 2013.

Faith, Fashion, Fusion: Muslim women's style in Australia

This exhibition displays a collection of Islamic women's clothes in Australia, thanks to the work of a group of fashion designers and retailers. The clothes exhibited in this show range from scarves, dresses, swimwear and sportswear, reflecting an emerging modest fashion market.

Different from the mainstream fashion, the clothes made in Muslim women's style is more than just a piece of garment; it is a refection of one's faith - a declaration of where the person had come from. If you love to know more about the philosophy and the stories of the designers in the art of fashion marking, this is an exhibition for your exploration.

The Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim women's style in Australia Exhibition
The Faith, fashion, fusion: Muslim women's style in Australia Exhibition


Note: The exhibition is currently showing until 14 July 2013

These two exhibitions are very different; one is bold while the other is modest in terms of fashion design. However, the common ground is that both exhibitions come with their attractions.
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Why? An opportunity to view outstanding student fashion designs as well as modest fashion for Muslim women in Australia
When: Open Daily 10am – 5pm (closed Christmas Day); The Museum’s opening times are currently 9:30am – 5:00pm
Phone: Tel: 02 9217 0100 Infoline: 02 9217 0444
Where: 500 Harris St Ultimo
Cost: Free entry with Museum admission. Adult: $12 Child (4-15 years): $6 Children under 4: FREE Family (1 adult and up to 3 children; or 2 adults and up to 2 children): $30
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