2016 Media Releases
Fashion Flashback - Photography’s glamour story exposed
21 January 2016
Photography’s glamour story exposed
Saturday 23 January to Thursday 4 February, 2016
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
The glamorous story of Australian fashion photography is revealed in Flashback: 160 years of Australian Fashion Photos at Chatswood Library on The Concourse this January.
On loan from the State Library of NSW, Flashback showcases a number of beautiful and iconic images from the library’s unrivalled collection, from mid-19th century hand-coloured portraiture to contemporary fashion shots.
Each image in the display represents a significant chapter in Australian fashion photography history, including key moments such as the 1950s appearance for David Jones by renowned ‘supermodel’, Carmen Dell'Orefice.
“Fashion photography wasn’t always about the business of ‘selling’ clothes or showcasing celebrity style, as it is today,” says curator and State Library fashion expert, Margot Riley.
“Prior to the mid-1920s there were no professional fashion models in Australia, but by the 1930’s local advertising and women’s magazine publishing industries were in full swing using images of fashionably-dressed upper class women, models and screen stars to promote the latest styles,” she said.
Flashback: 160 years of Australian Fashion Photos was part of the official 2012 History Week program at the State Library and the free travelling display has been on show at public libraries across NSW since 2013.
Flashback curator Margot Riley is available for interviews.
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