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.
Bonnie English is Associate Professor, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane. Liliana Pomazan is a Senior Lecturer in the Fashion Program of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne.
List of figures; Acknowledgements; Contributors; 1. Australian fashion unstitched Bonnie English; 2. The fabulous fifties - glamour and style Louise Mitchell; 3. Beril Jents - Australian haute couture Liliana Pomazan; 4. Envisioning independence - fashion photography in Australia Daniel Palmer and Kate Rhodes; 5. The art of fashion Bonnie English; 6. Interlaced - textiles for fashion Liz Williamson; 7. The spectacle of fashion - museum collection, display and exhibition Craig Douglas; 8. Against the grain - Australia and the swimsuit Christine Schmidt; 9. Beyond the boundaries - Australian fashion from the 1960s to the 1980s Roger Leong and Katie Somerville; 10. Paris then New York - navigating the world's fashion capitals from Australia Danielle Whitfield; 11. Contemporary avant-garde - cutting-edge design Bonnie English and Liliana Pomazan; 12. The business of fashion Jo Kellock; 13. Fashion frontiers Liliana Pomazan; Index.