Thursday, February 4, 2010

Consumer Expeditions

Positioned opposite the retail pyramid; Melbourne Central, is a free exhibition celebrating Melbourne’s lively shopping culture. The State Library curators have hauled thought their archives, mixed old with new and picked only the best, (just like true shoppers should!), for their ‘Til You Drop exhibition.

What I found this exhibition did wonderfully, was the vastness of time and eras which they so beautifully covered. Beginning as early as the 1880s right up to the current date, the exhibition was concise and excitingly illustrated through multiple pieces. The fashion and product illustrations created a charming idea of what fashion was in the past, while many photos documented the growth of the consumer needs. My favourite pieces in the exhibition were Mark Strizic’s photography, the fashion illustrations and the Georges section. This exhibition is a beautiful nostalgic archive, which showcases the blossoming of shopping and fashion in Melbourne.


What: ‘Till You Drop, Shopping, A Melbourne History
Where: The State Library of Victoria
When: December 11 till October 31 2010, FREE

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