Brisbane fashionistas who are eagerly awaiting the opening of the new Chanel boutique in Brisbane can find some reprieve by visiting the new fashion exhibition, Dreaming of Chanel, at the QUT Art Museum.
Dreaming of Chanel is the latest fashion exhibition scheduled for Brisbane, following a recent string of exhibits including Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones, the Easton Pearson Retrospective and the widely acclaimed GoMA Valentino: Past/Present/Future exhibition.
The display of forty pieces and accessories will open on August 26th, in conjunction with the 2011 Mercedes Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival. The collection boasts vintage couture pieces from a wide array of designers including Dior, Balenciaga, Vivienne Westwood, and Emilio Pucci alongside Chanel.
Coveted by many, the Chanel suit is instantly recognisable as the epitome of style, glamour, and as one of the 20th century's most iconic fashion statements. One such suit, from the 1960's, serves as one of the key pieces in the collection, and is mentioned in the book, Dreaming of Chanel by Charlotte Smith.
All the garments belong to Charlotte Smith, as part of the Darnell collection, considered the largest private collection of clothing in Australia. Smith inherited the collection, consisting of thousands of pieces of clothing dating from 1790 to 1995, from her godmother Doris in 2004.
Smith then went forward to publish two books based on the collection– Dreaming of Chanel, and Dreaming of Dior. Artwork from the books will also be featured among the clothing displays.