Modern Love wrap up

With TJ’s expert organising skills, I thoroughly enjoyed the Modern Love exhibit in Bendigo, mainly because of the company and the fashion. The whole weekend was great.

(Left to right: Hui Nie, Jenny, TJ, moi, Yoshimi, Nicole, Leanne and Raquel at the Bendigo Art Gallery)

The exhibit organiser, Leanne, greeted our group at the gallery on her day off. She was a very lovely host. We had permission to take pics as long as we didn’t use a flash. Take a closer look at Jenny’s self-drafted skirt, TJ’s sari dress and Raquel’s trousers. 
You know – we all sew…

TJ, Yoshimi and I had a great Indian dinner on the Friday night, wearing our own makes. TJ and Yoshimi‘s write ups give you a better idea of how great the weekend was. GJ’s and Clear it outlet were my Friday afternoon fabric pre-weekend purchase haunts. Yoshimi flew into Melbourne after a wonderful week with the lovely Carolyn.

Friday night post dinner pic.

The pic below was taken outside the Bendigo Art district, again wearing our makes. Have a close look a Yoshimi’s bag and dress.

I think we photo bombed the bunny in these shots.
 
Jenny found a great coffee/deli stop in Kyneton on the way to Bendigo. You should hop over and see Jenny’s new self-made chef uniform.
Art is everywhere in Victoria.

And Mason’s of Bendigo fed us with their delicate share plates.

But who could resist a dessert plate like this? Everyone grab a pic of TJ and Hui Nie’s dessert plate.

At the end of the day we ended up at Joe’s shoe store bar. We had loads more catch up time over a drink and the waiter looked after us.

Sunday was a huge day with Kristiann and Simon ie Kristiann’s big day out.

Again we’re wearing clothes we made and Yoshimi and I wore our Victory pattern dresses (Nicola and Chloe) at NGV, cause it was way too cold to wear them outside. Melbourne locals are experts at layering their clothes – and knowing great places for food.
 
The four exhibits/costume displays Melbourne had on offer in one day were ideal for everyone. I felt like Melbourne put on all their best exhibits just for us. Lunch was filled with lots more conversation and fun.
(Left to right: Kristiann, me, Hui Nie, Yoshimi, TJ, Raquel, Claire and Kate at Gekkazan in Melbourne’s GPO)
We had time for a bit of city shopping – Koko Black included. I was taunted by Kristiann as she sampled some Koko Black chocolate. Somewhere, I lost my chocolates so I ordered some online. They did arrive; they were consumed; they were good. Now to wait for a Koko Black store in Sydney! The closest store is in Canberra.

The 007 Bond exhibit at Melbourne Museum was scheduled for the afternoon so TJ got Yoshimi to The Fabric Store in time for some much needed fabric purchasing while the rest of us hung out for a real coffee at Sonido.

Then I had to fly home and miss a great dinner with everyone. Everyone from our group that I could find in the 007 exhibit got a hug as I left to catch my flight home – winged it 😉 When DH picked me up at the airport, he knew from my big smile that I’d had a great weekend and that he really should have come for the 007 exhibit at the very least.

Thanks to TJ for setting up such an awesome weekend and pics, Yoshimi for spending her Australian weekend in Melbourne with us, Jenny for being a great driver/host and Kristiann and Simon for agreeing to spend their big day out with us. Melbourne lifestyle suits you both – I’m just saying…

Meet up: Bendigo Art Gallery in November

Modern Love, Fashion visionaries from the FIDM Museum, LA

Modern Love at Bendigo Art Gallery for a limited time, is a selection of fashion objects from 40 of the most influential designers and design houses of the last three decades. The exhibit includes creations from the FIDM Museum‘s extensive collection and includes work by Westwood, Miyake, YSL, Lagerfeld, Versace, McQueen, Prada, Louboutin, Valentino, Thom Browne, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Commes des Garcon.
 
TJ of The Perfect Nose is the meet up master planner.  
 
We’ve booked our tickets for the 11:00 AM session on Saturday 23rd of November, 2013 and are driving from Melbourne at 9:00 AM for the Bendigo Art Gallery.

If you’d like to come with us for the trip from Melbourne to Bendigo or join us for lunch in Bendigo, you have till September 30th, 2013 to register your interest.
 
Unless you’re bringing a car, we’ll be renting one and splitting costs. Lunch will probably be around 12:30 at the Dispensary Enoteca (unless you have a better suggestion). A group of 10-12 means you can order what you want, any more and it’ll be a set menu of 2-3 courses. They need reservations a month in advance for large groups.

Book event tickets here and set up a reminder in your calendar now.
I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in Melbourne who’s sewing I’ve admired online for a while. There was no time on my NY trip to visit fashion museums so this will be a great day full of couture fashion inspiration.

Blog post credit:
This post is 99% written by TJ of The Perfect Nose. She’s a master ‘meet up’ planner, sewer and her writing style is much more engaging than mine.
Image Credits:
Image: Alexander McQueen Evening dress, Fall/Winter 2008-09. Courtesy of
catwalking.com
Featured Image: Detail of Evening Dress by Alexander McQueen, Fall/Winter 2008-2009. Courtesy of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles
Museum Commission: Funds provided by Karen Coombs-Jordan (2010.5.73). Photography by Brian E. Sanderson