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This is going to be a stunning look at fashion
This is a sensational new exhibition 'The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift'. It will be a treasure trove of elegant and flashy delights and will feature 150 of the 250 garments gifted by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty to the NGV Collection from some of the world's most iconic fashion houses. These are in memory of her late husband, Harold Campbell-Pretty.
It will be held from 1st March to Sunday 14th July from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm. The venue is the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank.
It will feature designers from Charles Frederick Worth, the celebrated "father of haute couture", to the iconic and fantastic Alexander McQueen. The exhibition will also include archive works from the extensive fashion research collection comprising hundreds of the following:
Journals and periodicals from the early nineteenth century onwards
The selection is representative of Paris fashion and haute couture and validates how a focused supporter can transform a museum collection.
Krystyna Campbell-Pretty's support has introduced into the NGV Collection, designers such as:
Elsa Schiaparelli - her garments included surrealist elements.
Boue Soeurs - a specialist in embroidery.
Christian Lacroix - who had a deep appreciation of history, textiles, colour and drama.
Gabrielle Coco Chanel's "little black dress" in a number of styles with the earliest being from 1919.
Madame Grèe "columnar gowns and sculptural bias-cut gowns by Madeleine Vionnet, a designer of the 1920s and 1930s who has inspired countless designers including Issey Miyake and John Galliano".
Le Smoking Suit - the avant-garde Yves Saint Laurent women's tuxedo, circa 1967.
The exhibition also has a beautifully illustrated catalogue of more than 300 pages. Some of the entries are about major fashion houses and designers as well as an interview between Olivier Gabet, Director of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs. Krystyna Campbell-Pretty is also featured about her personal history and her philanthropic motivations.
The catalogue also includes essays by Francoise Tetart-Vittu, who was the former curator at the Palais Galliera, and by NGV curators.