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Putting on the Ritz: Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion - National Gallery of Victoria

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Puttin' on the ritz
Edward Steichen, Vanity Fair, Vogue, photography
Edward Steichen's photographs were full of glamour and style.
Photo Credit: Edward Steichen / Marion Morehouse and unidentified model 1930
Courtesy Condé Nast Archive / © 1930 Condé Nast Publications
This Saturday, 19 October 2013, sees the opening day of the Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion exhibition at the NGV International.

Edward was the chief fashion photographer for Vanity Fair and Vogue during the glamorous Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition celebrates his lavish photography, and the glamorous fashions of the era with over 200 of his photographs and more than 30 garments on display. The garments will demonstrate the changes throughout the two decades of the slip dress and coat, with examples from Chanel, Madeleine Vionnet, Madame Paquin and Callot Soeurs.

To mark the opening of the exhibition, Saturday hosts some special events with a morning showing of the film Bugsy Malone, a musical gangster film whose parts are all played by children, set in the New York of the 1920's. Paola Di Trocchio, co-curator and Assistant Curator of Fashion and Textiles, will introduce the movie - free entry.

Co-creators Paola Di Trocchio and Susan van Wyk will lead kids through the exhibition, and an exploration of what it was like to live in the 1920's and 1930's, in Hip Cats and Glamour Girls - exhibition fees apply.

The Charleston was the dance for a 20's flapper, and Swing Patrol will teach kids and adults how to do it in a demonstration and workshop, Roaring 20's - free entry.

A panel of experts on fashion and/or photography will explore Steichen's photography and the fashion of the era in Edward Steichen - The Image Maker - free entry.

These events mark the beginning of the exhibition, which will run until 2 March 2014, capturing the glamour and sophistication of the Art Deco fashion period, showcased through Steichen's iconic and influential photographic style.

Gloria Swanson, Edward Steichen
Edward Steichen's iconic portrait of movie actress Gloria Swanson.
Photo Credit: Edward Steichen / Actress Gloria Swanson 1924
Courtesy Condé Nast Archive / © 1924 Condé Nast Publications
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Why? Explore high end fashion and photography from the 20's and 30's
When: Saurday, 18 October 2013
Phone: 03) 8662 1555
Where: NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Cost: Some vents free, $12/$6 for exhibition events
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