Another quirky FREE exhibition has been brought to the Museum of Brisbane (fondly known locally as MoB). Dress Code presents fashion as it explores culture, historical identity and gender. It is a must see mini exhibition for budding fashion designers and is on until the end of January. Don't miss the terrific major exhibition while you're there: The Designers' Guild - Easton Pearson Archive. Also of interest is the current Sam Cranstoun: Impossible Conversations exhibition.
Dress Code Exhibition (May Cross)
Dress Code merges art, craft, design and, of course, fashion. It explores the diversity of cultural approaches to making, buying and wearing clothes. It's a visual representation of how fashion and clothing influence the individual, maker and wearer in communities from the Pacific region and Asia. Check out the MoB website for more details.
The five contemporary artists it depicts are:
Emily McGuire - a new commission
Grace Lillian Lee - a new commission
Lisa Hilli - an installation
Hannah Gartside - a new commission
Gerwyn Davies - signature works from the last ten years.
Hannah Gartside Hannah uses deconstructed dressmaking practices to explore ideas of the feminine and the human condition. She collects and repurposes everyday materials and draws from dressmaking, costume making and patchwork quilting processes.
Lisa Hilli is a contemporary artist whose work focuses on the representation of the black female body and adornment as ongoing themes that allow her to explore, combine and disrupt the confines of photographic and textile practices.
Grace Lillian Lee Grace is best known for her stunning wearable artworks that merge Torres Strait Islander weaving traditions with contemporary fashion practice. By mentoring and collaborating with communities, Grace practices cultural craftsmanship in contemporary forms to both inspire and inform.
Art by Grace Lillian Lee (image by May Cross)
Emily McGuire Emily is an artist, writer and early career researcher in contemporary fashion practice. With a background in fashion design, her work explores the complex relationship between fashion, sustainability and female identity using textiles and second-hand clothing.
Art be Emily McGuire (image by May Cross)
Gerwyn Davies Gerwyn Davies was the artist-in-residence at the museum in November 2018. He guided workshops on self-portraits that combined elements of sculpture and fashion. He is well-known for his colourful constructed characters in his photographic works. Combining constructed photography and costume making, his work is an inventory of characters that are assembled, worn and staged for the camera in an expanded and performative approach to image making.
art by Gerwyn Davies (image by May Cross)
You might also like to catch a Dress Code Curator Tour of the exhibition. Curator Miranda Hine will discuss each of the artist and artworks individually. Her insight into the works includes the artists' inspirations and practices. She will put the exhibition into the museum's local context and explain her role in the curatorial process. She has a wealth of information and is happy to answer your questions.
art by Grace Lillian Lee 9image by May Cross)
Museum of Brisbane The Museum is located on Level 3 (take the specially marked elevator), under the Clock Tower at City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane CBD. You can view one of Brisbane's Beautiful Domes from the Museum reception. City Hall and the Museum are wheelchair accessible.
The museum is open every day from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm with Friday nights closing later at 7.00 pm to allow you a twilight tour. Make sure to leave time to check out the MoB gift shop. You can pick up some bespoke gifts created by Brisbane designers and artists or gourmet goodies from local pantries.
Transport is very convenient to the Museum with both Roma Street Train Station and Central Train Station just five minutes walk away. There is a major bus interchange underneath King George Square and in Queen Street Mall as well as many bus stops in Adelaide Street. Parking is available under the City Hall with a $5.00 special at weekends and evenings.