Milliner Donna Dobbs at her first solo exhibition, Moderne Millinery, being held at Swich Art Space in Top of Town.
Milliner Donna Dobbs at her first solo exhibition, Moderne Millinery, being held at Swich Art Space in Top of Town. Sarah Harvey

Glam hats are fascinating

WALK past the SWICH Contemporary Art Space this fortnight and you might think it's shut up shop and reopened as a boutique.

Never fear, the prominent Ipswich art gallery is actually hosting its first wearable art exhibition - Moderne: Art Deco Inspired Millinery.

About 40 eye-catching hats and fascinators hang on the gallery's walls, comprising Donna Dobbs' first solo show.

Moderne will show until June 9, giving fashionistas time to find inspiration for the Ipswich Cup.

Ms Dobbs, a milliner by trade, said her gallery debut was inspired by the Great Gatsby and wider 1920s culture.

"I love art deco and art nouveau, and there's also some pieces that have been inspired by women aviators," Ms Dobbs said.

"The Aviatrix series is made up of smaller hats that attach to canvasses with matching artwork, so instead of putting your hat away after a day out, you can display it on the wall."

Other pieces featured in the exhibition include a violet-themed collection; bold black, white, red and yellow-coloured pieces; turquoise hats and luxurious satin and velvet-looking pieces suited to Great Gatsby society.

Ms Dobbs said the styles were in keeping with modern trends, with a return to vintage fashion on the rise.

"These pieces can be taken off the wall and worn straight away, and they're all styles that will still be in fashion for the Melbourne Cup," Ms Dobbs said.

"The film Great Gatsby will be released at the end of the year, and I think vintage fashion will definitely rise in popularity because of it."

Ms Dobbs said all of the works featured were one-off pieces, and ranged in price from $20 to $190.

 

CUP essentials

Gates open at 10am on Saturday June 16, at the Ipswich Turf Club, 219 Brisbane Rd, Bundamba.

General admission tickets are $20 pre-purchased or $25 at the gate. Phone 3282 1500 to book.

Marquee package tickets cost $140. Search for "Ipswich Cup" on ticketek.com.au to book.



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