Drape: Classical Mode to Contemporary Dress

This exhibition, drawn from the NGV Collection, will feature fashion, sculpture, painting, decorative arts and photography to explore the practice of draping cloth on the body.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 02 December 2009 to Sunday 27 June 2010

COMME DES GARÇONS, Tokyo (fashion house) image

Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Wednesday 19 August 2009.
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In classical Greece and Rome, the wearing of uncut cloth was developed into a complex art of wrapping and tying. In the late nineteenth century, the structured nature of women’s fashion was relieved by the draping of cloth over crinolines and bustles.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Madeleine Vionnet used the bias cut with her innovative methods of construction to create new prototypes. Contemporary designers such as Rei Kawakubo and Hussein Chalayan have created works that reference the history of drape while extending the boundaries of fashion.

Free entry