After Five: Fashion from the Darnell Collection is a major exhibition of fashion celebrating the artistry of designers and a window to the social history of the twentieth century. With gowns by some of the greatest names in fashion, as well as some talented but little-known designers, the exhibition illustrates stylistic moments in fashion, and explores how and why eveningwear has changed for women over the years. Commencing in the 1920s and spanning the decades since, the exhibition presents garments originally worn to cocktail soirees, balls, opening nights at the theatre, charity events, graduation parties and red carpet galas, and for dancing at nightclubs and discotheques.
Drawn entirely from the Darnell Collection, Australia's largest private collection of vintage clothing, this major exhibition presents over 30 unique outfits from around the world including designers Christian Dior, Mary Quant, Oscar de le Renta, Bruce Oldfield, Adolpho, Emilio Pucci, Emanuel Ungaro , Christopher Essex and Franco Moschino among others. Accessories including hats, shoes, evening bags and jewellery are also featured including a rare 1920's Tiffany brooch.
This exhibition is a Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre travelling exhibition made possible through the assistance of Charlotte Smith, owner/curator of the Darnell Collection.
IMAGES: (L to R) Cocktail dress with attached stole c 1957 silk, cotton, metal, diamantes. Evening dress c 1935 silk crepe, glass and metal beads gifted in memory of Deborah McKeown, 2006. Evening dress c.1985, unknown designer, synthetic, lycra, glass diamante, glass and metal beads, sequins. Acquired by Charlotte Smith.