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IFS: A Window Down Under

16 February 2012
by Isabella Redmond Styles

Located right in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Strand, Australia’s showcase entry, a  photographic exhibition displayed on the windows outside Australia House, would be easy to miss. However, the photographic series, entitled ‘Getting Dressed’ is a thoughtful and diverse effort.  Created by Australian artist and photographer  Vincent Fantauzzo, the series showcases 5 emerging Austrian labels; above, Christopher Eber, Dress Up, Limedrop and Song For The Mute set in a single narrative.

Three labels in particular stood out. Dress Up,the brainchild of Stephanie Downey, was established with an aim to create clothes that reflect human emotion. Downey is keen to promote a sensitive and artistic approach to fashion and her clothes have are distinctly but discreetly feminine, embracing classic ladlylike style while still remaining contemporary and fresh.

Christopher Esber has been a figure of interest for the Australian fashion press since his graduation in 2008.  His restrained and controlled approach to womenswear, think crisp shirt and tapered trousers, combined with his talent for precise tailoring, produces collections that elegant and pitch perfectly modern.

Also featuring in the photographic series is Limedrop, a label for both men and women that is characterized by clean lines, bold colours and curious proportions. Designers Clea Garrick and Nathan Price pair unusual silhouettes, (think diaphanous summer dresses with trains) with playful prints and detailing to produce a collection that is fine example of modern Australian design.

An accompanying film directed by Barney Howells and Vincent Fauntauzzo is available to watch here. The ‘Getting Dressed’ photographic series is on show from 11-27 February in the windows of Australia House, Strand, WC2B 4LA.