HOT: Maribyrnong Makers Market, Seddon Uniting Church, cnr Gamon and Mackay Sts, Seddon

maribyrnong makers market

Maribyrnong Makers Market is a sweet little arts and crafts market held several times a year in Seddon. The market is at Seddon Uniting Church, a small and charming venue which hosts stalls inside the church hall as well as the outside grounds.

maribyrnong makers market

The focus of the market is about showcasing the work of local craftspeople and artists. Every stall holder has made their products themselves and the community feel extends to the charity sausage sizzle set up on the pavement outside.

maribyrnong makers market

I bought some treats from Helen’s Kitchen Favourites, a local sweets and preserves business based in Williamstown.

maribyrnong makers market

I even got to meet Helen and her husband Simon and her sales patter convinced me to buy her handmade and preservative-free pate and shortbread. Both were delicious but particular mention must go to the buttery, crumbly biscuits – three of us devoured 8 large rounds of passionfruit topped ones in one afternoon!

maribyrnong makers market

I also loved Little Puddles’ DIY felt ball garland and wreath kit but wasn’t sure of my handicraft skills as to whether I’d be able to make one. Maybe by Christmas I’ll have worked up the nerve!

maribyrnong makers market

It’s not every day that you see someone like Raxor, a craftperson actually hand spinning yarn in order to make her woollen goods.

maribyrnong makers market

The Maribyrnong Makers Market is a great place to buy some lovely, unique and often handmade things and meet the makers who come from the local area. It’s also within walking distance to Seddon Village with cafes and more shops to explore.

Maribyrnong Makers Market’s next dates in 2014 are tomorrow Saturday 22 November where it will extend down to the nearby park Harris Reserve and Thursday 18 December, just in time for Christmas.

Maribyrnong Makers Market, Seddon Uniting Church, cnr Gamon and Mackay Sts, Seddon

Saturday 22 November 9.30am – 3.30pm

Thursday 18 December 4.30pm – 8.30pm

HOT: Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

romance was born ngv

Express Yourself: Romance Was Born For Kids is the newest Children’s Gallery commission at the National Gallery of Victoria – but it’s not just for kids. There is plenty of exhibition within the space to entertain and interest adults too and it makes the perfect stopover after the fashion extravaganza of the NGV’s Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition.

Fashion designers Romance Was Born have turned the gallery space into a crazy kaleidoscope of colour which typifies the work of fashion mavericks Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett.

An array of colourful sequins frames the entrance before you enter into a several rooms. Each room contains a jaw-dropping fantastical environment that will stimulate, engage and provide lots of opportunity for creative play.

romance was born

romance was born

The first room is the ‘Rainbow Room’, an immersive space which encourages children to engage with rainbow-coloured objects in glass cases and then design their own rainbow using the touchscreens.

romance was born ngv

The end of the Rainbow Room takes you to my favourite room, the ‘Bush Magic’ room. The walls are decorated in a fantastical imagining of a bush setting while digital rock pools allow you to ‘swim’ with colourful fish and mysterious sea creatures.

romance was born

Then you move into the ‘Make and Do’ room where you can decorate and make a beard or a necklace by attaching sequins, pom poms and googly eyes onto various colourful templates. I spotted several adults sporting these decorative pieces around the gallery during my visit!

romance was born

Throughout the space some of the design duo’s richly imaginative work is on display, from gowns to shoes to accessories, as well as photographs and video.

romance was born

romance was born ngv

romance was born

Express Yourself: Romance Was Born For Kids is bold, eccentric and really, really fun. Kids will love all the opportunities to play and create while adults will appreciate the way art and fashion come together in the various installations.

Express Yourself: Romance Was Born For Kids, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Friday 17 October 2014 to Sunday 22 March 2015.

Open 10am-5pm, closed Tuesdays.

Free entry



HOT: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

jean paul gaultier ngv

The National Gallery of Victoria is currently hosting The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, a retrospective of the work of French designer Jean Paul Gaultier organised by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Melbourne is the only Asia-Pacific venue to host the exhibition, which has been seen by more than a million visitors in New York, San Francisco, London, Madrid and Stockholm.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is a visual feast for those with an interest in fashion, art and design. Forget fashions on the field at the Melbourne Cup tomorrow and appreciate haute couture at its finest instead.

jean paul gaultier ngv

The massive show of clothing, accessories, furniture, photographs and art and it will take you at least 2 hours to see everything. It’s surprisingly interactive and is not just clothes on dummies, one after the other.

The rooms have been curated into seven thematic arrangements that track Gaultier’s design influences and the whole effect is highly theatrical.

jean paul gaultier ngv

The exhibition starts in the eerie blue room, with Jean Paul Gaultier himself dressed in his signature Breton stripes and introducing the exhibition as one of the animated mannequins. Gregorian chanting emanates from the Gothic looking women who are lined up two rows like religious icons.

jean paul gaultier ngv

In this room you’ll find costumes worn by Kylie Minogue and one of Beyonce’s jumpsuits.

jean paul gaultier ngv

jean paul gaultier ngv

From there you are taken to a somewhat more traditional museum setting with various items on show, including his famous corsets.

jean paul gaultier ngv

The path then leads to a brightly lit throwback to the 80s, with graffiti on the walls, punk music blaring and a clever moving runway of mannequins where you’re invited to take a front row seat.

jean paul gaultier ngv

jean paul gaultier ngv

You’re then lead into a room reminiscent of the opening scene of Chicago where the dominatrix and S&M influences of his work are collected.

jean paul gaultier ngv

Jean Paul Gaultier was also responsible for the costumes for many films, such as The Fifth Element and Pedro Almodavor’s works.

jean paul gaultier ngv

My favourite room was probably the ‘Urban Jungle’ with wild and extravagant interpretations of ethnic costumes set amongst a backdrop of Melbourne’s skyline. Just look at this bridal gown!

jean paul gaultier ngv

 

jean paul gaultier ngv

jean paul gaultier ngv

The final room is a special addition to the Melbourne exhibition as it features Gaultier’s Australian muses including pieces he has created for Kylie Minogue, Cate Blanchett, Andrej Pejić and Gemma Ward. The couture gown that Nicole Kidman’s wore when she won her Oscar for The Hours in 2003 is on display. I also liked the way in background had been created for this room, with the outlines furniture pushed and stretched against stark white fabric.

jean paul gaultier ngv

It’s the small details that make this experience so awe-inspiring. The yards of silk pink ribbon sewed together to make a corset. The hand-pleated details. The Eiffel Tower kitten heels. The animal skin made up of tiny little tubular beads.

jean paul gaultier ngv

jean paul gaultier ngv

jean paul gaultier ngv

jean paul gaultier ngv

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is a rare opportunity to learn about the skill and background of a designer that’s been in the fashion business for over 40 years and to admire the craftsmanship of haute couture up close. Don’t miss it.

NGV’s popular Friday Nights return in style celebrating The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier. Every Friday until Friday 6 February (excluding 26 December and 2 January) DJs and bands take to the stage alongside pop-up talks, bars and dining. Check out the program here.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Open 10am–5pm daily except Tue. Exhibition from 17 October 2014 until 8 February 2015

NGV Member Adult $17

Adult $22

Concession* $18

Child (5-15 years) $10

 

HOT: Bared Footwear, 1098 High St, Armadale

bared shoes

This warm weather heralds my first pedicure for Spring and a chance to wear my new sandals from Melbourne-brand Bared Footwear.

I’m on my feet a lot more these days which means that shoes need to be comfortable, supportive and last more than a few rides around the block. My search for the perfect sandals led me to Bared Footwear.

Bared Footwear is a unique footwear brand because every shoe has been designed by a podiatrist, Anna Baird, but they are not clumpy, sensible ‘grandma’ shoes. They are fashionable shoes that happen to be good for you as well!

The sandals all have a built in footbed which is moulded around the heel, arch and toes, much like a pair of Birkenstocks. Their closed shoes have a removable footbed which means you can customise the fit even further if you have narrow or wide feet or need to wear orthotics. You can read more about the benefits of Bared Footwear shoes here.

bared shoes

I bought a pair of Finch sandals, with an upper made of soft leather straps and a rubber sole. The ankle strap secures the shoe around the ankle so I don’t have to claw my toes to hold on to the shoe as I walk. The sole has a very slight heel for extra support.

bared footwear

They have been fantastic for my day-to-day routine, which includes heaps of walking, cycling and running after kids!

bared footwear

I bought the black and brown pair as I still wear black in summer (like a true Melburnian) although it was a difficult decision between them and the rose gold.

bared shoes

I also bought a pair of Pipit sandals, a cream pair of strappy heels with a subtle python print on the arch (they come in black too). The heels are comfortable for walking thanks to the stack heel, padding and the ankle strap. They are actually particularly great for cycling as the upper straps are at just the right locations so your foot doesn’t feel like it’s sliding forward or falling out when you pedal. These are shoes that transition from day to night and are about as comfortable as heels can get when I’m no longer used to wearing heels for long periods.

bared shoes

Bared Footwear only have a single store, in High Street Armadale, so I bought my shoes online (free shipping over $150) and they were delivered very quickly. They are more expensive than what I’m usually used to spending on shoes, but I’m now at a stage when shoes must be practical first and stylish second. Thankfully with Bared Footwear my shoes can be both!

Bared Footwear, 1098 High St,  Armadale +61 3 9509 5771

Monday- Friday 10am – 5:30pm

Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday 11am – 5pm     

HOT: South Melbourne Market tour, 322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne

south melbourne market tour

During Markets of Melbourne’s Market Week 2014 I took the opportunity to take a guided tour of South Melbourne Market.

south melbourne market tour

South Melbourne Market is not a market I frequent often so the tour was a fun and delicious way to discover interesting gems and meet some of the stallholders and characters behind the long-standing market. Here are some of my favourites:


south melbourne market tour
Georgie’s Harvest is one of the market’s favourite stallholders. It’s run by a husband and wife team and they specialise in spuds and vegetables generally. I’ve been to a cooking class run by Georgie’s Harvest and learnt all about the different ways to prepare potato!

south melbourne market tour

At St George’s Sourdough Bakehouse we tasted some of their organic sourdough bread. I highly recommend the seeded loaf and to avoid the stodgy looking  pastries (which aren’t organic).

South Melbourne Market tour

We dived into the deli aisle and to Alka Polish Deli where we tried a variety of different cured meats. I doubled back later on to stock up on pierogi, ham and sausage – the owner was very helpful about helping me choose what to buy from the large range.

south melbourne market tour

At Rita’s Nut Shop we met jolly Rita herself who sliced pieces of her giant handmade Turkish delight for us to try. I highly recommend the almond Turkish delight studded with fruit and nuts.

south melbourne market tour

A unique space within South Melbourne Market is SO:ME Space with clothing, art and lifestyle retailers plus pop up stalls. I bought a quirkly paper towel dispenser from The Supercool, a shop where you can find things to make you and your home nice! The Supercool recentlywon Best Trader in the Melbourne Market Awards.

south melbourne market tour

After the tour I headed to Simply Spanish for paella. You can smell the food as they cook up huge paella pans on Cecil Street and I got a generous helping of Valencian paella for $14. The rice was a bit overcooked for my liking and there was no crispy base at all, so I didn’t love it. On the Spanish waitress’ recommendation I also ordered the croquettes ($6). They were beautifully crisp morsels ejecting an oozy mass of cheese, potato and pork inside.

south melbourne market tour

For dessert I visited Pardon My French, a mobile creperie serving freshly made crepes. They source their ingredients from the market and being strawberry season I decided to deviate from my usual Nutella to add strawberries. A huge triangle of sweet crepe for $8. They’ll be setting up a permanent stall at the market once a site is finalised.

Even though Market Week is over for 2014 you can still join the same tour of South Melbourne Market every month. To Market To Market tours run on the third Saturday of every month and the next tour is tomorrow, Saturday 20 September. A ticket is $35 and includes a coffee, tastings and a market bag. Sign up or give a tour voucher to a food-loving friend or family.

South Melbourne Market tour, 322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne

Market open Wed, Sat, Sun 8am-4pm, Fri 8am-5pm

To Market To Market every 3rd Saturday of the month 10am-11:30am

HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

queen victoria market night market

Queen Victoria Market’s annual winter night market is back!

Luna1878 Night Market is a midweek celebration of winter that is happening every Wednesday night until 27 August. Before you groan about leaving your warm house to venture out on a freezing school night, just note two things:

queen victoria market night market

1. The market is actually much warmer than you might expect. I think it must be because of the roof, the number of cooking fires and bright lights. I didn’t notice any outdoor heaters about but I didn’t feel the cold at all.

2. There is mulled wine!

queen victoria market night market

Under the sheds of Queen Vic you’ll find a large range of street food to sample, interspersed amongst diverse stalls of local designers and craftspeople. I was invited to try out what was on offer at the market and I was pleasantly surprised by the broad range of food and entertainment on offer. The set up was a lot more spacious than my previous visit to the summer night markets and there was enough seating for quick bites in between strolling.

queen victoria market night market

I think the food is the reason to get most excited about Luna1878 Night Market. You can choose to eat the world with Filipino coal-roasted meats, soups in a cob loaf to steaming pans of paella. Some of it was ok, other dishes were fantastic and most of it was priced around the $7 mark with nothing more than $15.

queen victoria market night market

My recommendations go to the Xinjiang spicy lamb skewers, the grilled cevapi from the cevapi cart and the baby octopus from the Sicilian barbecue.

queen victoria market night market

For dessert there were a few options – crepes, creme brulee, waffles or cannoli from a guy who had a cannoli for a head (kidding! just caught him at the right angle).

queen victoria market night market

I think there could be more dessert options as the line for all of these stalls was pretty long and in the end we settled for a chilli and spice hot chocolate from Market Espresso. Unfortunately this was probably the worst thing we tried on the night, with badly burnt milk combined with a syrupy spice mix. We dumped half of it in the bin.

Perhaps my pro tip is to just swim against the crowd and eat dessert first and savouries later!

queen victoria market night market

The lively vibe in the market was enhanced by the free entertainment, including musicians, street performers and comedians. I actually found the cooking just as much fun to watch as crews hacked into a whole pig at the Hoy Pinoy and a primary school kid deftly flipped pizza dough at 400 Gradi.

queen victoria market night market

If you’re planning a trip to Luna1878 Night Market then mark next Wednesday 23 July in your diary as on that night only Kit Webster will be presenting his amazing multimedia installation called Enigmatic.

Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne

Every Wednesday 9 July – 27 August 5-10pm

Free entry

Giveaway! Thanks to Queen Victoria Market I have 3 x $30 food/drink vouchers for Luna1878 Night Market to give away. To win just follow the instructions and the three winners will be chosen randomly. Entries close Monday 28 July midnight. Good luck!

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HOT: Melbourne Now, The Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne

Melbourne Now Hotham St Ladies

Melbourne Now is National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition celebrating the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice of creative Melbourne. It spans both NGV International and NGV Australia and you’ll need lots of time to visit both.

Melbourne Now Hotham St Ladies

When you first enter the foyer of the Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia you’ll see an amazing lounge room, hallway and dining made up of piped icing. ‘At home with the Hotham Street Ladies‘ is by the Hotham Street Ladies, five women who at one time lived in a share house in Hotham Street, Collingwood. Together they create food-related art, such as cake sculptures and street art, in a commentary about craft, domesticity and feminism.

Melbourne Now Hotham St Ladies

The installations are quirky, humorous and definitely lickable and there are lots of fun details to spot.

Melbourne Now

Also on the ground floor is Show us your World by Jan Senbergs. Along a wall are a series of picture maps from different eras and a long drafting table with inset cups of coloured pencils to encourage kids to draw their own world, real or imaginary. They can then contribute to the exhibit by posting their pictures on the wall. I saw squiggly maps of Brunswick, maps of ‘home-school-nanna’s house’ and one with a dragon!

Melbourne Now

As you head up the stairs to the second level admire Triptych by Melbourne fashion designer Toni Maticevski. I have been obsessed by his work since seeing it at Bendigo Art Gallery and this series of three dresses continue his use of neoprene in intricate, sculptural ways. Their figures hang silently in the stark corridor of the stairwell and the effect is breathtaking. They were by far my favourite works in the exhibition.

Melbourne Now Toni Maticevski Triptych

Melbourne Now Toni Maticevski Triptych

Melbourne Now Toni Maticevski Triptych

 

Melbourne Now Toni Maticevski Triptych

Melbourne Now Toni Maticevski Triptych

On the second level in a previously void space is MARLARKY by Slow Art Collective. It’s a bright, playful and environmentally sustainable domestic habitat which encourages you to ‘play house’ amongst old tin cans, wool, mats and makeshift furniture made from found materials.

Melbourne Now Malarky Slow Art Collective

Melbourne Now Malarky Slow Art Collective

Melbourne Now Malarky Slow Art Collective

You can serve tea from the tea set, stir-fry woollen noodles in the wok, have a sleep on the bed and dance under the teepee, hitting the shapes to emit different sounds.

Melbourne Now Malarky Slow Art Collective

This is just a snapshot of the vast Melbourne Now at NGV Australia. To continue your exploration of Melbourne Now you can also visit the rest of the exhibition at NGV International.

Melbourne Now

Melbourne Now

Melbourne Now, The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, Melbourne until 23 March 2014

HOT: Modern Love, Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View St, Bendigo

Modern Love Bendigo

Are you heading out of town for the Australia Day long weekend?

If you haven’t made plans to escape the city yet then I highly recommend taking a day trip or overnight stay in Bendigo. It’s the last week of Bendigo Art Gallery‘s amazing fashion exhibition, Modern Love , which closes on Sunday 2 February.

In this exhibition Bendigo Art Gallery has curated approximately 60 items of fashion from the collection of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. The items come from the world’s most influential designers from the past 40 years, including Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garcons, Dior and Versace.

Some of my highlights included:

Modern Love Bendigo

The neoprene dress by Melburnian Toni Maticevski‘s from his SS13/14 collection.  The skilful tailoring and draping of rubber-like material that would be required to form this dress  is extraordinary.

Modern Love Bendigo

The architectural back detail is particularly stunning and for me evokes the outlines of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Musuem. Also take the time to drool over his beautiful pieces in the video presentation of one of his recent catwalk shows. Maticevski is the only Australian designer represented in Modern Love and the first Asutralian to be included in the collection of the FIDM Museum.

Modern Love Bendigo

This fantasy evening gown by Alexander McQueen. I am a fan of the New Look silhouette and this dress was made especially for FIDM. Notice the delicate peacock motif recalling a ‘Britannia’ influence and the layers upon layers of tea-dyed cream tulle with frayed edges blurring one tier into another to create the 50s bell shape.

Modern Love Bendigo

Issey Miyake‘s bold sculptural coat and dress from his famous ‘Pleats Please’ range. The fabric has been heat-set into minuscule pleats, with the wearer’s body lending shape to the garment as they move.

There’s a large proportion of Vivienne Westwood garments in the display, with my favourite being this mini-crini and amazing ‘rocking-horse’ platform soled shoes. Who knows how you’re supposed to wear them but they look fabulous!

Modern Love Bendigo

The exhibition consists of only two rooms but if you read every plaque, listen to the audio intro and watch both video screens in their entirety then a trip to Modern Love will probably take 1.5 – 2 hours. Which leaves you plenty of time to explore other parts of historic goldrush Bendigo.

If you’re looking for tips on other things to do, places to eat and where to stay read my Bendigo guide (Part 1 and Part 2).

Modern Love, Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View St, Bendigo until Sunday 2 February 2014.

The Age ‘Forever Curious’ for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week + Giveaway!

The Age ‘Forever Curious’ for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week + Giveaway! (2)
Sponsored by Nuffnang

Last week Melbourne showcased springtime glamour through Melbourne Spring Fashion Week – and some lucky people won an amazing fashion experience as part of The Age’s Forever Curious campaign.

Forever Curious is about uncovering the stories that are all around us, just waiting to be discovered. Curiosity doesn’t kill the cat – instead it’s rewarded! The reward for those who have chosen to scratch the surface have been unique experiences in iconic Melbourne environments.

There have been four Forever Curious activations to date (here’s my review of the last one called ‘Just Graffiti’) and the latest one was themed ‘Just a Tailor’.

The Age ‘Forever Curious’ for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week + Giveaway! (1)

Last Wednesday an outdoor ‘dressing room’ was set up with mirrors, clothes racks and mannequins outside the entrance to the MSFW Hub at City Square. A tailor wearing a black ‘Forever Curious’ shirt appeared to be measuring and altering clothes for a woman.

People who chatted to the tailor about the clues seeded in Wednesday’s editorial and social media were rewarded with a double pass to a MSFW Runway show or were selected as one of three people to be given the VIP MSFW treatment – to be escorted to the Queen’s Dressing Room inside the Melbourne Town Hall to meet two MSFW designers Jolet and Kuwaii over afternoon tea.

The Age ‘Forever Curious’ for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week + Giveaway! (3)

Each of the three lucky chosen then had a piece of fashion custom designed for them to keep!

The Age ‘Forever Curious’ for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week + Giveaway! (6)

The Age ‘Forever Curious’ for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week + Giveaway! (5)

The Age ‘Forever Curious’ for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week + Giveaway! (4)

Check out this video of the amazing experience with the designers and winners.

Giveaway! Thanks to The Age’s Forever Curious campaign one person has the chance to win a $100 voucher to spend with Kuwaii online or at the Kuwaii store, 37-39 Glenlyon Road, Brunswick. To win, all you have to do is tell me What would you have said to the tailor in the street to win your prize? (Full terms of the giveaway here). Entries close 5pm Thursday 19 September and the most creative entry will be selected by myself and Nuffnang as the winner. Good luck!

HOT: Hollywood Costume, ACMI, Federation Square

Hollywood Costume ACMI Federation Square

If you like fashion, design, movies or movie stars, do not miss ACMI’s Winter Masterpiece exhibition this year, Hollywood Costume which explores the role costume design plays in cinema.

It comes to Melbourne via the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and it’s one of the best curated exhibitions I’ve visited recently. It doesn’t just consist of a few garments from B-grade movies you’ve never heard of – it’s a true blockbuster show, with iconic costumes from movies from the 30s right to present day. Set aside at least 2 hours to see everything.

While the clothing is on mannequins the exhibition doesn’t feel too static as in some cases the heads of the mannequins have been replaced with screen shots (sometimes gently moving) of the actor who played the character. This is genius, as some of the most famous movie characters are difficult to divorce from a specific actor – so Dorothy’s blue gingham pinafore is topped by Judy Garland’s smile and Givenchy’s LBD for Breakfast at Tiffany’s opening scene has Audrey Hepburn’s face with it.

The captions that accompany each garment often highlight details that you probably never noticed when you watched the film. Nothing that appears on screen is casual or incidental. For instance there’s a reason that the capes in the Harry Potter films are lined with bright colours – to bring life to the Great Hall scenes when all the students sit in black together.

Don’t worry it’s not just all pretty frocks – there’s plenty to impress the menfolk too, such as Bruce Willis’ outfit from Die Hard, Robert de Niro’s boxing attire from Raging Bull and a Brioni suit worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond. Look upwards so you don’t miss the superhero costumes hanging from the ceiling and the walls – Superman, Batman, Spiderman and Catwoman. Did you know that they made 20 Superman suits of different weights depending on whether the cape was flying or waving in the breeze?

Interspersed with the mannequins are looping interviews with directors, actors and costume designers talking about the importance of costume to building a character and a story. It’s well worth watching these short videos to gain a deeper experience of the works you’re seeing, especially the ones with Meryl Streep and Robert de Niro.

Given the amount of reading/listening that’s required to appreciate the exhibition fully, I don’t recommend bringing young children to the exhibition who don’t have the patience to watch the videos (as you won’t have a chance to watch them either) and definitely don’t bring kids who need a pram, as the crowds are large and you will just annoy others if you block the walkways and prevent people from getting close enough to view the captions and screens. Also note that there are no seats in the exhibition so wear comfortable shoes.

I predict that Hollywood Costume will be very popular so if you can to attend on a weekday rather than weekend and arrive early in the morning. When you enter, begin from the end of the exhibition and work towards the start to avoid the masses of people jostling their way from start to finish. You won’t be disadvantaged by going against the flow as it’s not essential you view the exhibition sequentially.

I also recommend buying your tickets in advance to save lining up, note that entrances are timed every hour, on the hour.

Finally there are loads of events that are being held in conjunction with Hollywood Costume – check out the list of movies, talks, workshops and entertainments here. I recommend taking a free curator tour as ACMI guides take you through exhibition.

Hollywood Costume, ACMI, Federation Square

Wednesday 24 April – Sunday 18 Aug 2013
Open daily 10am – 5pm (Thursdays until 9pm)
Full $19.50 Concession $15.50 ACMI Member $13.50

Child (4-15 years) $10

Family (2 adults, 3 children) $50 ACMI Member Family $40
Unlimited entry*: Full $48 Concession $38 ACMI Member $32
School and group bookings also available