Fashion – the quirky and unexpected

How did Mirka Mora inspire fashion designer Lisa Gorman, and what can you expect to find in a fashion exhibition at the Shrine of Remembrance?
Fashion. Woman with slicked wavy hair is looking down at her khaki uniform style tunic, with gold braiding and epaulettes.

The influences behind fashion are wide-ranging. Often we see the evolution of clothing as a response to functional demands, but when it comes to fashion, inspiration can range from the everyday to historic events.

Opening on 23 October during Melbourne Fashion Week (23-29 October) is a surprising fashion exhibition at the Shrine of Remembrance that aims to explore ‘the rich connections between the uniforms that once graced the battlefield and the iconic fashion staples we embrace today’.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_