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Coming into Fashion | A Century of Photography at Condé Nast

Coming into Fashion | A Century of Photography at Condé Nast

Fashion photography has gripped us for over 100 years. Many of the legends like Mario Testino, Deborah Turbeville, and Helmut Newton achieved their greatness at the Condé Nast studios in New York, Paris, and London. With unprecedented access to the archives of each city, Coming into Fashion is an exhibition tracking the highlights of this sparkling intersection between photography and fashion.

In addition to these images, the exhibition also includes a selection of vintage couture fashion from The Darnell Collection – Australia’s largest private collection of fashion from the late 1700s to the 20th century. The collection’s custodian, author and fashion historian Charlotte Smith, has selected the finest and most iconic pieces to pair with this dramatic retrospective.

A curation of seminal fashion films and documentaries will be screening throughout the exhibition season, and over two days of talks and forums, guests will hear international and Australian industry leaders discuss the past, present, and future of the world of fashion.

Our regular kids and youth workshop series ArtLab will be themed around fashion for the exhibition period, with a new timeslot of adults to join in the fun.

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast is a ticketed exhibition on display at Gold Coast City Gallery 25 November 2017 until 18 February 2018.


Exhibition organised by The Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne in collaboration with Gold Coast City Gallery.


Opening Night | Fri 24 Nov | 6-9pm | $90
Bump elbows with the fashionable elite, sip champagne and nibble canapés, get an exclusive view of the show, and dance the rest of the night away with live music and a vinyl DJ.


Talk Suite | Sat 25 Nov | 10am-4.30pm | $45
This full-day talk suite will see the biggest names in Australian and international fashion come together with journalists, practitioners, and thought leaders to discuss their expertise and the future of the industry.


Fashion Forum | Sat 20 Jan | 10am-4.30pm | $45
The Fashion Forum will see international industry leaders and Australian custodians and creatives come together for an exciting exchange of ideas, experiences, and opinions. Some of these guests will be visiting the Gold Coast for the first time, while others are offering attendees rare opportunities for intimate and insightful conversations.


Little ArtLab | DIY Dress-Ups

Wed 8 Nov | 10 – 11am (under 5s) | $10
Experiment with fabric and tissue paper dyeing to help your toddler create their own couture, then watch as they walk the runway. This is true Gold Coast glamour – toddler style.


ArtLab | DIY Tote Bag with Kat Kalindi

Sat 11 Nov | 10 – 11am (5 – 10 years) | $10
Sat 11 Nov | 1 – 2pm (11+) | $15
Join Gold Coast artist Kat Kalindi – a specialist in graphics, surface pattern design, and illustration – to make your very own tote bag. Stamp our your style with your own hands, designing and creating something you can take home to wear, use, and talk about.


ArtLab | Millinery Magic (this workshop for all ages, adults too!)

Sat 9 Dec | 10 – 11am (5 – 10 years) | $10
Sat 9 Dec | 1 – 2pm (11+) | $15 

Explore big ideas with hands-on making activities inspired by the exhibition Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Conde Nast. Learn tips and tricks for fancy hat-making from a master milliner and create a wonderful piece to take home.


Little ArtLab | Paper Hats

Wed 13 Dec | 10 – 11am (under 5s) | $10
In this workshop we experiment with scrunching, folding and gluing paper to make a fancy hat or fascinator.



Sat 10 Feb | 10 – 11am (5 – 10 years) | $10
Sat 10 Feb | 1 – 2pm (11+) | $15 

Join Patience Hodgson (lead singer of The Grates) and Rachel Burke (of I Make You Wear It and Apomogy) for a series of super fun DIY workshops with an emphasis on glitter, pom poms and colour. Makeover old magazines with sparkles and neon to create your own FASHUN!


Little ArtLab | Sparkle Brooches with Tessa Bergan

Wed 14 Feb | 10 – 11am (under 5s) | $10 
Have fun with layers of shiny paper to create your very own sparkle brooch to wear and show off with pride!


Fashion on Film
$5 per film or indulge in a package for $20 which includes one film, late night exhibition entry and a glass of sparkling wine. This micro film festival offers a curated selection of the most seminal films and documentaries about fashion. Popular hits like The Dressmaker, The Devil Wears Prada, and Funny Face will run alongside gripping industry documentaries like Dior and I, Advanced Style and Iris.



Every Tuesday | 11am | Free
Every Tuesday join Gallery staff for a personal introduction to the exhibition.

Image Credits
Sølve Sundsbø, Love, Spring/Summer, 2011, © Sølve Sundsbø/Art + Commerce
Deborah Turbeville, American Vogue, May 1975 © 1975 Condé Nast
Albert Watson, American Vogue, May 1977, © 1977 Condé Nast
John Rawlings, American Vogue, March 1943, © 1943 Condé Nast
Miles Aldridge, Vogue Italia, September 2002, © Miles Aldridge

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