5 – 15 May 1999

Curator: Melissa Chiu
Artists: Peter Atkins, Sylvia Chan, Collette Dinnigan, Dinosaur Designs, Natasha Ivachoff, Kewday Skateboards, Li Liang, Ron Muncaster, Pol Nettleton, Bronwyn Oliver, Scott Redford, Nike Savvas and Miles Whippy.

Art meets fashion in an exciting exhibition at Gallery 4A. Accessory is an exhibition exploring creative links between fashion and art through a series of collaborations with fashion designers and artists.

Each fashion designer has been matched up with a contemporary artist to create an artwork that reveals innovation within both disciplines. For example Collette Dinnigan’s lace creations are featured alongside 1994 Moet & Chandon Prize winner, Bronwyn Oliver’s delicate whimsical wire sculptures.

Another collaboration features objects by Dinosaur Designs and a painting by Peter Atkins (representative for Australia in the Indian Triennale in 1994), both inspired a swatch of bold, geometric Marimekko fabric from the ’60’s. Natasha Ivachoff of PIGSINSPACE is working with funky young artist, Miles Whippy to create a fashion narrative in photographs.

Accessory continues Gallery 4A’s commitment to fashion and art. Gallery 4A recently held a banquet and fashion parade featuring designs by Akira, Nelson Leong, ninetysix, Sylvia Chan and Wayne Cooper. Exhibitions at Gallery 4A have been featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Business Review Weekly and regularly in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Accessory is an event of the Mercedes Australian Fashion Week festival.

Header image: Dinosaur Designs and Peter Atkins, Melooni and Maija Isola’s “Melooni” Form c.1963, 1999, 8 oval side plates, 2 large oval platters, 3 organic oval dishes, 1 large organic oval offering dish, 1 Melooni mobile, enamel and oil on canvas.