Stylish women, Dr Gertrude Langer, Margaret Cilento, and Joy Roggenkamp, didn’t fit the mythology of modern art in Brisbane, typified by rugged artists like Ian Fairweather and Jon Molvig. Courtney Pedersen considers the place of fashion, urbanity, and women in the mid-century avant-garde.
In a time where looking good was considered a patriotic duty, World War II fashion was both creative and thrifty. A look at ‘make-do-and-mend’ style in Queensland, 1939-1945.
What is involved in caring for a collection of fashion and textiles? We take you behind the scenes to find out.
Artists strip beauty, desire, and artifice from the pages of fashion magazines to make complex portraits of contemporary culture.
Two powerhouse brands, Billabong and Lorna Jane, take the quintessential Queensland lifestyle to the world stage.
You can take the girl out of the Gold Coast but you can’t take the Gold Coast out of the girl… curator and writer Alison Kubler shares a personal fashion memory of growing up on the glitter strip, reflecting on the city’s slightly dubious style reputation.
The promise of romance, adventure, luxury and leisure was what made Queensland a holiday paradise in the mid-20th century. This was the making of casual, colourful Queensland fashion.
Queenslanders love a good fashion exhibition. Nadia Buick takes a look at the history of these popular events, and explains why they are set to continue.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Brisbane’s prostitutes were known for some of the flashiest fashions around, defiantly displaying their ‘gaudy finery’ on the city streets. Cultural historians Melissa Bellanta and Alana Piper expose the rarely told story of Brisbane’s early sex industry and its elaborate style.
Following on from ‘A Brief Redress of Indigenous Fashion’ in Issue 3, Amanda Hayman takes us through the themes, ideas & aesthetics shaping contemporary Indigenous fashion.