The Spirit of the Black Dress Gala; MSFW 2009

Though physically a small and cleanly laid out exhibition, The Spirit of the Black Dress was the result of bucket-loads of talent. 10 uber-impressive black dresses, each with their own unique twists, lined the room; while behind them, wall mounted, a dark and sensual portrait of each dress gave another perspective to the concept. The photographer was Christian Blanchard; a dapper young man with cheeky eyes, dishevelled hair, and a very bright future. Blanchard’s folio of ad campaigns and magazine editorials is impressive; his work on the exhibition striking, aided by superb hair and make-up by Ashleigh Richards and Carl Reeves.

Spirit of the Black Dress MSFW

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Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009
Spirit of the Black Dress; MSFW 2009

Each of the 10 black dresses was created especially for the exhibit by a different designer. Airdrie Makim of Joolz added vintage playing-card butterflies on long pearl strands to Claire Djuve’s little draping black number in a winning partnership. Project Runway phenomena Leigh Alexander Buchanan used asymmetrical tiers of tulle to create a voluminous and eye-catching gown. Rachael Cassar’s glints of gold were a magical touch, Nikolina Kucan’s floor-sweeping number elegant yet modern.

Alyana Eau, Andy Tsang, Kristy Barber, Michelle Czech, Noelle Kan, and Sonya Kraan rounded out the rest of the exhibition with equally beautiful work. If you have a chance to visit The Spirit of the Black Dress this week, do so; you can find it at Georges Building off Little Collins Street, Melbourne.

Giang Cao of Through The Looking Glass was our social photographer for the opening gala of the exhibition. To see the social shots, as well as some of the exhibition itself, click on the gallery below.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.