Sunday, May 23, 2010

Lee Lin Chin

Lee Lin Chin

Trends of the 1960s and 1970s have taken centre stage in the latest National Archives of Australia touring exhibition which celebrates Australian fashion photography.

Strike a Pose…with Lee Lin Chin explores the world of Australian style up to 40 years ago, when trendsetters created a fashion revolution with a mix of mini skirts, space-aged garments and granny dresses.

With fashion icon and SBS World News presenter Lee Lin Chin as guest curator, the exhibition celebrates the emerging local fashion industry of the time, along with its personalities, trends and influences.

Posed fashion shots sit alongside the exuberance of street culture, capturing the essence of a period when cultural change ruled.

“These pictures are not about art,” writes Lee Lin Chin in an introduction to the exhibition. “They are not even just about fashion because, from today’s perspective, they’ve recorded a transcendent historical moment when nothing was going to be quite the same again.”

The exhibition features 89 photographs taken by Australian Government photographers during the 1960s and 1970s to promote the burgeoning Australian fashion industry and the Australian lifestyle overseas.

Official Opening Friday 28 May 2010 at 6.30pm by Anne Lyons Assistant Director General, Access and Communication, National Archives of Australia.