Fashion Redux at Melbourne Museum

Fashion Redux, part of the 2019 Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, boasts some of Melbourne’s most imaginative fashion names who've selected and reimagined items from the museum's vast and fascinating fashion collection, to bring a complete look to life.

Two people in a museum collection store looking at clothing
Marion Boyce

The Museums Victoria’s fashion collection has tens of thousands of pieces that are usually out of view, Fashion Redux allowed Curator Michael Reason and the collaborators: Designers Nixi Killick, Kristy Dickinson of Haus of Dizzy and ALPHA60s' Alex and Georgie Cleary, stylists Kate Gaskin and Ntombi Moyo, milliner Melissa Jackson, costumier Marion Boyce, couturiers Antony Pittorino and Jacob Luppino of J'Aton and social media entrepreneurs Jess and Steph Dadon of How Two Live, the opportunity to forage the collection and choose items to reinterpret, shine a light on the past and show how today’s fashion narratives are linked with those of the past. 

A man and a woman look at the contents of a box
Nixi Killick and Michael Reason look at items in the collections store

Museums Victoria collects fashion items in all of its guises. Items made for work, play, concealment and for celebration, have all found a home in our stores. A complete history of what we wear day and night, the fads and the fashions; but look closer and you will see clues of what was happening in society at the time of their creation. As well as documenting human experiences, the Museum’s Collection belongs to all Victorian's and is a resource for them to use.

Ntombi Moyo and Jacob Luppino search for items in the collections store.

The collection is often used by artists as a source of inspiration for their work. Like, milliner Melissa Jackson explains, her choice of selecting equestrian items from the first half of the 20th century to create a quirky collection that reflected her fascination with racing fashion.

“Racing fashion is unique for its ‘top-to-toe’ styling – it is the only form of fashion these days, where the accessories are just as important as the clothing. From the Melbourne Museum archive, I was excited to bring together this eclectic mix of ‘top-to-toe’ items - each piece with its own exceptional design detail and bespoke feel.”

A woman looks at a gold boot
Melissa Jackson in the Collections Store

In this series of videos, the artists talk about their approach, their impressions of the store and what it was like working with these reflections from the past.

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