From Paris to Albury: High Fashion and Regional Australia in the 1960s

Exhibition Dates: May 2015 - June 2016

Exhibited at: LibraryMuseum, Corner of Kiewa and Swift Streets, Albury

In a time before the internet or Australian fashion weeks, the glamorous high-society of Paris, the fashion capital of the world, was still a lifetime away from the wide open spaces of regional Australia.

How did people living in the regional areas bring a high-fashion style into the area? And how did Australian fashion develop to the industry it is today?

Using a collection of spectacular couture gowns donated to the Albury City Collection by Vie Hawkins, this interactive exhibition examined how Australians got their beautiful looks during this time. And how a number of people invested their time, money and ideas in Australian fashion eventually carved a place in international fashion that contemporary dressers and designers can enjoy today. This exhibition includes pieces created by significant Australian designers Beril Jents and Germaine Rocher, as well as European designers Hardy Aimes and Jean Patou.

Download the From Paris to Albury magazine.

View images of the exhibition and collection on Flickr.