Friday, 5 March 2010

'Japanese Couture Master Designers'

My great friend Dean Hewitt is presenting an installation of his archive collection of the great Japanese Designers: Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme De Garcon, Kenzo and many more at his wonderful store Madam Virtue & Co, 5 Crossley Street Melbourne from the 8th March 2010 to 20th March 2010 as part of the LMFF Cultural Program.
Dean and his partner JC Lloyd Southwell D'Anvers have the most amazing collection of couture pieces in their store and I continually find it a fantastic source of inspiration to my work. They understand that fashion at this level verges on art and buy accordingly to reflect their aesthetic.
Over many years and over many continents Dean has collected some of the most creative, influential designer pieces of Japanese clothing and will showcase in this exhibition some designs that have never been available in this country before.
The photographs in this post are by the wonderfully talented Robyn Lea, so beautifully shot and I thought it might be nice to see images on here that are not taken by me with my iphone!
This is the press release for the exhibition
'Japanese design first burst onto the fashion scene to make a lasting impression back in 1982, when some 12 designers showed their collections at the Paris Pret a Porter shows. Today fashion is dominated by such Japanese designers as Issey Miyake, Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto, Comme De Garcons, Tsumori Chisato and Hanae Mori. The refreshing use of inventive shapes and monochrome tones, particularly black, has shocked revitalised and stimulated the fashion world to reach new heights'
This exhibition is a must see for any fashionista, fashion student or lover of all things fashion. I can't recommend it enough, please make time to pop past and enthrall in Dean's very special collection.
'Japanese Couture Master Designers' at Madam Virtue & Co, 5 Crossley Street Melbourne VIC
03 96638669
8th March 2010 to 20th March 2010
Mon to Thurs 11am to 6pm
Fri 11am to 7pm
Sat 11am to 5pm


  1. yo yo, found you...thought of you as i was doing my latest post....can you make it your job to bring back Keppas ha ha .
    see you round

  2. I went in to see Dean's installation yesterday and you were indeed correct - SO worth it! The pieces are divine and it is such a treat to see something like this up close and personal instead of behind gallery glass.
    Madam Virtue is a Melbourne gem!