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:: Spotlight :: Wool Modern exhibition in Sydney

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Weaving together some of Australia’s finest fashion and interiors designers, ‘Wool Modern’, an innovative and inspiring exhibition, will open to the public in Sydney on ANZAC Day, April 25, 2012. The global travelling exhibition will give highly acclaimed Australian designers the opportunity to showcase their works alongside the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.

The exhibition is a celebration of modern, innovative and avant-garde use of wool throughout creative industries in the 21st century and will run for one week at the historic Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, in the lead up to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Australian fashion designers that have been commissioned to submit custom-designed, one-off pieces to the exhibition included Josh Goot, Ellery, Tina Kalivas, Lisa Gorman, Camilla & Marc along with stunning archival wool items from some of Australia’s most established and globally recognised brands such as Collette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa, Willow, Romance Was Born and Jenny Kee. They will be joined by three of Australia’s most talked about interiors designers, Sarah King, Emma Elizabeth and Henry Wilson.

Their works will be seen side-by-side with esteemed international contemporaries, including the likes of Galliano, Lanvin, Burberry, Paul Smith, Christian Lacroix, Rick Owens and Giles Deacon amongst others. The exhibition will also feature an exclusive look at the wool archives from fashion designers including Theirry Mugler and Sonia Rykiel. The exhibition has been curated by London-based Charlotte Lurot (Director of Bacchus Studio), who will be presenting the exhibition in Sydney. Charlotte’s portfolio of work includes the Fashion in Motion series with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Wool Modern is a celebration of the aesthetic, environmental and technical benefits of wool with stunning fashion pieces nested alongside wool-focused installations and products by interior designers, artists and photographers. With highlights including Giles Deacon’s woollen ‘eggs’, Sibling’s ‘knit monster’ and a specially designed Erdem red carpet – wool in design has never looked so good!

Wool Modern is one component of a broader global initiative, ‘Campaign for Wool’. The campaign’s Patron, HRH Prince Charles, is a passionate advocator of manufacturers, retailers and designers choosing real wool and champions consumer education about the environmental benefits of wool. Wool Modern also offers inspiration and educational opportunities for students.

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) CEO Stuart McCullough said, “Following on from our Australian launch at Admiralty House in 2011, it is fantastic to see even more brands and retailers get behind the campaign this year. Wool Modern is a great opportunity for us to showcase great Australian designers using a great Australian product and show these designers side-by-side with some of the best in the world.”

Vivienne Westwood, one of Campaign for Wool’s most active supporters said, “Wool is one of the world’s great natural fibres, famous for its versatility and comfort – warm in winter, cool in summer. I do believe that because it is such a luxury fabric that its status will increase. People will not want manmade fibres anymore and luxury will be seen in the great traditional, natural, fibres.”

Wool Modern launches at Pier 2/3, Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay on April 25 and closes May 1 2012.
Entry to the exhibition is free.

Camilla & Marc Jenny Kee
Gorman Akira
Michael Lo Sordo

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