Saturday, 16 November 2013

Australian Glamour: Model, Photographer, Magazine

Maide Hann in Henderson’s Hats advertisement, 1946, Rob Hillier. Courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales.

Australian Glamour: Model, Photographer, Magazine
State Library of New South Wales: August 10 - November 10, 2013


This exhibition highlights Australia’s fascination with glamorous fashion pictures from 1900 to now. Local fashion photography is illustrated through the pages of iconic women's magazines and advertisements. The exhibition highlights the pioneering work of Sydney photographer Rob Hillier and presented alongside Helmut Newton’s striking images of Australia’s top model 1960, Maggie Tabberer.

Due to me not-so-secret love of vintage fashion, specifically the fashion of the 1940s and 50s, I loved Australian Glamour. The timelessness, the classic tailoring, clean lines, and effortless beauty of this time fascinates and enthralls me. As did this exhibition. 
Dorn Fraser models imported hat for cover, Fashion and Society, October 1945, Rob Hillier. Courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales.  

Model in ‘New Look’ fashions, shot for an advertisement for Sydney department store Mark Foy’s. Courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales.

Cover, September 1946 issue of Fashion & Society, c.1945. Photographed by Rob Hillier bound volume Portfolio. Courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales.

Brochure, Maggie Tabberer models Autumn/Winter 1960 Cardin-Lucas designs, 1959 photographed by Helmut Newton for Lucas & Co (detail). Courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales.

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