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United by Colour: Vintage Fashion From Around The World Exhibition

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The Darnell Collection is widely believed to be the largest vintage clothing collection in Australia. Originally started by Doris Darnell, a Quaker from Pennsylvania, and since inherited by her god-daughter Charlotte Smith, it has been a labour of love almost 80 years in the making.

An example from the collection, courtesy of The Darnell Collection


Until November 20th 2011, 60 garments, representing fashion from 25 countries, will be on display at Liverpool City Library. "United by Colour: Fashions from Around the World" has the theme of colour.

The Darnell Collection grew out of donations and gifts from people all around the world. Importantly, most of the items came with accompanying letters, photographs and stories which linked them to the original owners or donors and often to the occasions to which they were worn. The social history behind the items is as important as the items themselves, and preserving them and their stories for future generations is the aim of the collection.

An example from the collection, courtesy of The Darnell Collection


Pieces in the collection include many internationally recognised 20th century designers such as Lucile, Vionnet, Dior, Chanel, Balenciaga, Pucci, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes, Westwood, Versace, Dolce & Gabana and Jil Sander among many others. In addition to the clothes themselves, there is also a vivid array of hats, shoes, bags and other accessories, and a large reference library of books, journals and museum exhibition catalogues.

An example from the collection, courtesy of The Darnell Collection


An example from the collection, courtesy of The Darnell Collection


Liverpool City Library is a large, modern library located in the heart of Liverpool's City Centre. Liverpool train station is very close by. Limited street parking is available on George Street in addition to the multi storey carpark accessed off Warren Serviceway.
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Why? Because fashion is forever
When: Monday–Friday: 9.30am-8pm
Saturday: 9.30am-4pm
Sunday: 12 noon-4pm
Where: Library Plaza, 170 George Street, Liverpool
Cost: Free
Comments
What a lovely event. I went to something similar at the Bendigo Art Gallery in Victoria once but would like to add this U.S. collection to all that I have seen.
By Melody Clifford - senior reviewer
Tuesday, 11th of October @ 10:28 pm
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