Some Kind of Wonderful: 80s Fashion from the Darnell Collection

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Rockhampton Art Gallery, 2014 - Art and music - 118 pages
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Be transported back to the creative explosion of fashion that was the 1980s in a new exhibition drawn from the Darnell Collection. Some Kind of Wonderful explores the artistic and performative aspects of fashion from power-dressed glamour to body-con lines and new romantic club style from designers such as Chanel, Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Emanuel Ungaro, Herve Leger and many others. The exhibition will also explore the impact of art, music, design and popular culture on one of the fashion's most influential and exciting decades. The Darnell Collection of International Vintage Couture is Australia's largest private clothing collection spanning the Regency period to today and features a host of Australian and international designers. The core of the collection was put together by Doris Darnell, a Quaker from Pennsylvania, who from the 1930s gathered together items of clothing worn by her wealthy friends and acquaintances. In 2004 Doris bequeathed half her collection to her goddaughter, Charlotte Smith. Since inheriting the collection, Charlotte has continued to develop her holdings, which now numbers over 8000 items.

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