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Spirit of the Black Dress


Spirit of the Black Dress opening gala kicked off this evening, attracting a beautiful crowd to match the beautiful and innovative takes on the wardrobe essential – aka the ‘Black Dress’.

Georges on Collins provided a stylish space for fashion and textile designers’ individual interpretation of what constitutes an amazing little black dress. Not only were the garments on display, but beautiful photographs of the pieces were nestled behind each dress, each one taken by Christian Blanchard in studio (be sure to check out Style Melbourne’s behind the scenes coverage of this creative shoot).

RMIT graduate Alyana Eau sexed up the black dress with a super short, super sexy piece with voluminous detailing around the neck and shoulders, making for an extremely eye-catching work of art. Aspiring designer and fashion blogger Andy Tsang created a cocktail dress with a difference, combining a high volume skirt with quirky puffed cap sleeves ensuring an uber dramatic silhouette.

Style Melbourne favourite Airdrie Makim teamed up with Claire Djuve to create a slinky black sheath finished with the trademark Joolz pearl and butterfly detailing across the bust – a true example that simple details surely do make the dress. Melbourne designer Kristy Barber (Kuwaii) funked things up a little bit with her version of the black dress, combining ruffle and metallic detailing for the ultimate party frock.

Gaining plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” was Leigh Alexander Buchanan’s amazing, voluminous frock, comprising layers upon layers of black tulle, it reminded me of a dark fairy costume – simply breathtaking.

Michelle Czech’s geometric cut out mini dress was truly one of the most innovative pieces on display, and truly encompassed the idea that the line between art and fashion is often indistinguishable.

Formal events were covered by Nikolina Kucan, with her beautiful draped yet oh so slinky floor length black gown, whilst Noelle Kan ensured that chilly spring evenings were catered for with her dramatic elbow length sleeved cocktail dress, complete with volume and edgy zip detailing.

Whoever said ‘black is boring’ clearly didn’t see Rachael Cassar’s glittering ankle grazing gown adorned with gold sparkles a plenty. Sonya Kraan gave a nod to the body con trend of late with her short, fitted black mini which oozed detailing and class.

The exhibition is on display throughout MSFW, and is definitely worth a look – visit Georges on Collins Street between 10am and 5pm for a sprinkle of evening glamour and inspiration a plenty.

Witty words by Bronwyn Miller

Fab Photography by Patrik Nemes Fashion Village

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