National Gallery of Victoria - International Fashion & Textiles
Outfit (Jacket, t-shirt, shorts, boots, bracelets)
2011 spring-summer, Anthem collection
leather, cotton, metal
Purchased with funds donated by Nora and Stewart Leslie 2011, International Fashion & Textiles Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Photography by National Gallery of Victoria
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Rick Owens was born in 1962 in Porterville, California. He studied fine art at Otis Parsons (today known as Otis College of Art and Design) in Los Angeles for two years before leaving to study pattern cutting at a technical college and later working for sportswear. Owens established his eponymous label in 1994, and began appearing in Barneys New York by 2002. In 2007, Owens was honored with a National Design Award by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. His menswear collection was launched in Los Angeles for spring-summer 2003. This move coincided with his appointment as Artistic Director of Revillon, which lasted several years. Owens remains based in Paris.
With close to 8,500 works the International Fashion and Textiles department of the National Gallery of Victoria actively acquires, researches and exhibits historical and contemporary fashion and textiles. Works in this area have been actively acquired by the NGV since 1895.
The earliest international works are Egyptian Coptic textiles dating from around the 6th century A.D., with highlights including 16th century lace, 18th and 19th century dress and textiles, as well as contemporary fashion from around the globe.
Within the collection there is an important selection of textile arts covering the areas of embroidery, tapestry, woven and printed pieces. Significant works include 17th century embroidered accessories, a 17th century writing box and raised embroidery work, 19th century wall hangings by William Morris and a spectacular 1930’s Amish quilt.
Contemporary examples of craft and textile practice are expressed through some recent acquisitions to the NGV’s fashion collection. Some of these examples include an outfit from Rick Owen’s spring-summer 2011 collection which features expertly tooled and sculpted leather in a men’s jacket, a floor length tulle dress by Isabela Capeto which is embroidered with gold metal sequins and brightly coloured applique floral motifs hand-beaded in favela communities in Brazil, and a royal blue coat by Prada which is decorated with coloured sequins, crystals and beads to form a bra motif at the bustline.