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The World of Fashion: From Melbourne to New York

May 26, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Speaker: Dr Anna Lebovic
Cost: Free

Dr Anna Lebovic is a cultural historian with extensive experience as a researcher and educator, and has a BA and PhD in History from the University of Sydney. Anna has a strong personal interest in literature, the arts and food (the good things in life!), and a particular expertise in the United States and the history of fashion.

Anna will be providing two lectures in this afternoon at Mosman Art Gallery:

2.00pm – 3.00pm
Not Just Pretty: The Social, Cultural and Political Importance of the Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Exhibition at the NGV
In 2016, Krystyna Campbell-Pretty donated her $1.4 million haute couture collection to the National Gallery of Victoria. Highlights from this astounding collection – which include iconic garments from many of the most respected fashion houses in the world, including Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen – are currently being exhibited at the NGV for the first time.  This lecture explores the social and cultural significance of many of these historic garments, evaluates the curatorial approach to how they have been exhibited, and considers the broader implications of Campbell-Pretty’s unprecedented form of fashion-focused philanthropy.

3.30pm – 4.30pm
American Vogue and the Discovery of American Fashion
Although dozens of editions of Vogue magazine have now flourished throughout the world, the very first issue was published in New York in 1892. As the first antecedent, American Vogue continues to command unparalleled respect and adoration, and is one of the world’s most influential magazines. But how much American fashion was actually featured in the magazine itself? This lecture explores the early history of Vogue magazine and its emergence on the world stage, yet also why very few American designers were featured in America’s pre-eminent fashion magazine until the 1970s. It also considers what this reveals about the American fashion industry more broadly for much of the 20th century.

This afternoon is free, though RSVP is required through our online booking system below.


May 26
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Mosman Art Gallery
Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Road
Mosman, Mosman 2088 Australia
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(02) 9978 4178


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