What is involved in caring for a collection of fashion and textiles? We take you behind the scenes to find out.
Dear TFA Readers,
We spend a lot of time pondering what makes a great collection. In our explorations of fashion in Queensland, we've been lucky to see many different types of collections, from small community operations and private collectors to the state's major collecting institutions.
In this Issue, we give you an insider's look at the workings of two very different collections of fashion.
The first is the State Archives of the Queensland Country Women's Association. Of course, the QCWA is not just about cake competitions! As our Pieced Together reveals, they have an important collection of photographs, paintings, handcrafts and other memorabilia that chart the changing lives—and dress—of women in Queensland.
The second collection is one we introduced to you in our last issue: The Templin House of Fashion. Overseen by three extraordinary women on behalf of a dedicated community, they hold one of the state's biggest and most spectacular collections of fashion. We conducted an intimate q&a with them to understand how a significant and well-maintained fashion collection landed in rural South East Queensland, and what some of their biggest challenges and rewards have been.
Fashion's relationship with art has been receiving a lot of attention lately (as it has done for decades, we might add!), so it's timely that art and design scholar, Jess Berry, should take a look at the way a handful of Queensland artists appropriate fashion magazine imagery in this Issue's Fashion Smarts.
We're also really moved by the piece that contemporary artist Megan Cope produced for our Remember or Revive series in response to an important document of Aboriginal history housed at the Queensland Museum—we know you will be too.
See you next fortnight!
Cover image: Detail, Illustrated front cover from The Queenslander, April 29, 1937. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. http://hdl.handle.net/10462/deriv/225239
Artists strip beauty, desire, and artifice from the pages of fashion magazines to make complex portraits of contemporary culture.
The State Archives of the QCWA are a treasure trove of women’s history in Queensland.
Megan Cope honours the bravery of Poonipun at Moreton Island in 1847.
Juli Grbac reflects on a life lived between Brisbane and New York, and future plans for her label.
Designer and educator Deborah Fisher looks back on 1980s Queensland style and what her Brisbane roots offered the US fashion market.
Artist Megan Cope on culture, place and identity.
Art and design scholar Jess Berry discusses the larrikin influence on Australian fashion.
Di Cant is a stylish encyclopaedia of Queensland fashion. Starting as a model in the 1950s and 60s, Di continues to work as a leading stylist. In this recorded interview she covers the many highlights of her career, reflecting on changes to fashion and the impact of styling on women’s lives.
TFA’s People & Places is your road-map to the key sites, figures, and scenes that have shaped fashion in Queensland from the late 19th century onwards. In Issue Ten we take you to South West Queensland.
Mathers Shoes is one of Queensland’s longest running retailers, beginning as a family business in Ipswich in the 1920s before expanding in to a national retail empire.