In the centre of it all.
Besides the beautiful photographs, the garments at the Edward Steichen & Art Deco exhibition were ahhhmazing! I was completely mind blown by the decorative motifs in the slip dresses and evening gowns. From chain stitching in metallic thread and beautiful precise beading - it was just jaw dropping. I kept wondering about the construction and what kind of stories dressmakers had behind creating these garments. How many hours did they work on it? Did they bead until they fell asleep? Were there any serious injuries? Did they have to start all over again because they lost the pattern count?
Besides that, what stories did women have while wearing these garments? Did they fall in love in this outfit? Were they broken up in this outfit? Did they wear this under the Eiffel Tower? Or were they in a smokey 1930s bar? Did they feel they could conquer the world by just wearing this dress? I have so many questions I want to ask! But what is amazing about clothes (where some people may not realise) is that even though we may hand them down, donate them to charity or throw them away so they're not in out lives anymore, someone else will grab a hold of the item, wear it and start to live their own life in it. It's the never-ending story - really! xxx
P.S. The photographs by Edward were amazing. It seemed like all the images captured were in the middle of real life moments.
The Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion Exhibition is displayed at the National Gallery of Victoria - International, Melbourne.