Dark Wonderland – Toni Maticevski Exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery

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Toni Maticevski Dark Wonderland Exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery

 

Bendigo Art Gallery has been making an name for itself these past few years amongst the fashion lovers of Victoria as it puts on fashion exhibitions of the highest calibre.  Their current exhibition does not disappoint, and is a must-see for anyone who loves fashion as art and theatre or sewing.

Recently I went to Bendigo to speak at an event, and decided to go up early in the day so I could see this amazing exhibition and then share it with you here.

Toni Maticevski Dark Wonderland Exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery

 

The current exhibition Dark Wonderland features the genius of Toni Maticevski, and Australian fashion designer (and I personally think one of the most talented out there).

 

Toni Maticevski Dark Wonderland Exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery

Maticevski studied Fashion Design with Honours at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) then upon graduation moved to New York to work with Donna Karan, then onto Paris to work at Cerruti womenswear before returning to Melbourne and launching his own label in 1999.

 

Toni Maticevski Dark Wonderland Exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery

 

This exhibition shares his processes and thoughts and highlights his incredible garment construction techniques.  His ability to push the possiblities of fabric and construction is mesmerising and it is this thread that weaves his work together.

Toni Maticevski Dark Wonderland Exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery

 

These photos do no justice to his incredible skills.  The joy of this exhibition is getting close up and really seeing how the garments are constructed, the exquisite detail and craftmanship that has gone into them.

Toni Maticevski Dark Wonderland Exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery

He now dresses women who appreciate his creative genius, including Princess Mary of Denmark (who is Australian) and this dress, she wore to Prince Henrik’s 80th Birthday celebrations is featured in the exhibition.

princess-mary-in-toni-maticevskiYou can also enjoy seeing Toni’s design ideas in his notebooks and drawings.

 

Toni Maticevski Dark Wonderland Exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery

The Dark Wonderland exhibtion is on until 20 November 2016 and is well worth the drive (or train ride) to Bendigo.  Find out more here and book your tickets.  Don’t miss out on seeing this exhibition in person as Maticevski has a rare talent which has been excellently curated and displayed.

Also check out the galleries events – there is a workshop on couture handstitching techniques on Sunday 23 October 2016 –find out more here.

 

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3 Comments

  • I have an international visitor soon. I’d love to show her both a great Australian fashion exhibition and a delightful Australian country city!

  • As in many design industries in fashion there’re designers and there’re Artists. Maticevski is definitely one of the greatest artists working in textile media.
    Would love to see it!

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