I was privileged to visit the Dreaming of Chanel Exhibition at QUT with two of my friends, Theresa and Janet. They have had a great deal of input into my sewing and design education, and today we had a great time geeking out over couture.
It’s a small exhibition, but well chosen. Make sure to go before it closes on the 16th- I’m so glad we went today.
The show was free and they let me take photos. The point of the show and the book is to share the beauty of these garments- both the technical and the emotional aspects. Real women lived inside these clothes- every garment has a story. I like that they haven’t been restored where damaged.
The program includes extracts from the book Dreaming of Chanel by Charlotte Smith. I copied those extracts I found interesting (in quotation marks), and added some of our own observations. I miss sharing experiences like this with my mom and girlfriends, so I thought I’d make a gallery. I do apologize that some of the descriptions overrun the slideshow borders, but they’re still readable, right?
Charlotte, if you’re reading this and you want me to take it down, let me know. I’m not making money off of this, I just want to share your inspiring dresses and their stories. If I promise to put on white gloves and be careful, can I please please please inspect more of Doris’ clothes?
By the way, you may see the gold brocade dress with the mink trimming crop up sometime in the next few months. I have the perfect fabric for it and an old piece of fur I want to play with…