Australian Fashion Unstitched: The Last 60 Years

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Bonnie English, Liliana Pomazan
Cambridge University Press, Apr 6, 2010 - Design - 296 pages
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Australian Fashion Unstitched provides a compelling and authoritative survey of the myriad influences and attributes of Australian fashion over the last sixty years. This post-war period saw Australia's fashion industry come of age. The word couturier became part of the Australian lexicon and glamorous Paris catwalk shows graced our shores, showcasing overseas styling to large audiences in our major cities. Displaying pride in our nationhood and paying tribute to our heritage, our young and emerging designers, in turn, embarked upon a long, sometimes arduous journey to offer Australian fashion to the world. Unique indigenous textile design, cutting-edge swimwear, and fresh interpretations of global trends infiltrated the international marketplace, sustaining and bolstering the trademark of Australian design. Australian Fashion Unstitched narrates this fascinating story through the eyes of the designers themselves, as well as the journalists, academics, fashion photographers and museum curators who represent this vibrant industry.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgement
4
THE FABULOUS FIFTIES
15
BERIL JENTS
44
ENVISIONING INDEPENDENCE
59
THE ART OF FASHION
82
THE SPECTACLE OF FASHION
108
AGAINST THE GRAIN
155
BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES
176
AUSTRALIA PARIS THEN NEW YORK
191
CONTEMPORARY AVANTGARDE
217
THE BUSINESS OF FASHION
245
FASHION FRONTIERS
265
List of illustrations
282
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About the author (2010)

Bonnie English is Associate Professor in the Art Theory Department at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
Liliana Pomazan is Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design: Fashion Program at RMIT University.

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