Inside the Collection


Design underground #2- telling stories about textiles

August 8, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
On Wednesday 4 August, Christina Sumner, Principal Curator Design & Society, led an enthusiastic group of twelve visitors on a design underground tour of the Museum’s textiles collection. Visitors were treated to an up close and personal encounter with eight key textiles spanning the 14th-20th centuries and various geographical regions, including: Australia, India, Bangladesh, Peru, Italy, Tahiti, West Africa and Turkmenistan.

A Fashionable Idea: Shaping Expression

August 6, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
This Saturday 7th August, as part of Sydney Design 2010, the Museum is hosting Framed! - an all-day photographic shoot exposing the ins and outs of creating 'the look'. In this post, wardrobe stylist Anna Raju of Black Dahlia, explores the role two key Australian fashion designers have had both on her work and the Australian fashion industry as a whole - Alex Perry and Gail Sorronda.

Design underground #1 – In the fashion vault

August 3, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Yesterday afternoon we kicked off the Design Underground tours as part of Sydney Design 2010 with an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at the expansive storage facilities of the Museum's costume and accessories collection.

Giving beetles the boot!

July 22, 2010

Helen Yoxall
My name is Katrina Trewin and I am currently completing a placement in the Museum’s Archives. The professional placement forms part of my Master of Information Studies degree at Charles Sturt University, which I am undertaking via Distance Education thanks to the magic of online subject delivery!

Romance in the Museum

June 2, 2010

Rebecca Evans
Platform shoes covered in lace, glitter and shells! Surely that’s a crime against fashion? In this blog I’d like to introduce you to a rather spectacular pair of platform shoes recently acquired into the Museum's collection.

Meet a Regional Services Intern- Michelle Maddison

May 21, 2010

Rebecca Pinchin
As pointed out in our earlier post, internships form a significant part of the Museum's Regional Services program and in this post, we have invited Michelle Maddison, a Curator from the Museum of the Riverina in Wagga Wagga, to talk about her experience.

Australian AIDS memorial quilt project

May 12, 2010

Nicole Balmer
Since 2007, a team of industrious Castle Hill volunteers have been documenting the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt. The ‘Quilt’ itself is actually over 100 quilts, each of which is made up of panels remembering individuals who have died from HIV/AIDS since 1982.

Puppetry and George Gittoes

April 27, 2010

Anne-Marie Van de Ven
I thought I’d share with you a few more photographs of the puppets that were made by Australian artist George Gittoes, with the help of his mother Joyce Gittoes, around 1970. The group relates to an earlier acquisition of material which includes a recreation of the Puppet Theatre.

Victorian Steampunk Jewellery

April 23, 2010

Geoff Barker
This blog is really a response to Maduncle Cliff’s posts the other week. His look at the ‘steam punk’ aesthetic caught my eye as I happened to be working on what appeared to be a couple of 150 year old examples in the Museum’s watch collection.

‘That Dress’- Lady Sonia McMahon (1932-2010)

April 19, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
The Powerhouse Museum acknowledges with sadness the recent passing of Lady Sonia McMahon on 2 April 2010. Lady McMahon will be fondly remembered for her elegance and altruism (especially with regards to her tireless charity work) and of course - 'that dress', which Lady McMahon generously donated to the Powerhouse Museum back in 1987.

Alice in Wonderland

March 22, 2010

Glynis Jones
I recently saw the new Alice in Wonderland movie and Alice’s blue dress brought to mind a dress in the collection created by Japanese designer Jun Takahashi for his Spring-Summer 2005 collection.

Pearls: Streetwear to Stilettos

March 15, 2010

Rebecca Evans
I’ve been doing a bit of research lately on this fabulous dress by Karen Walker and it’s got me thinking about pearls. From this printed graphic to the decorative they are continually referenced in fashion.