Wool Modern Exhibition (Walsh Bay)

Wool Modern is an innovative and inspiring exhibition that bring together some of Australia’s finest fashion and interior designers, giving them the opportunity to showcase their works alongside the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.

In the lead up to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week this exhibition will run for one week, from April 24th, at the historic Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay, and celebrate the innovative and modern use of wool throughout the creative industries in the 21st century.

Isabel Berglund
Isabel Berglund

Custom-designed one-off pieces have been commissioned for the exhibition from Australian fashion designers Josh Goot, Ellery, Tina Kalivas and Camilla & Marc, they will join stunning classic wool pieces from internationally recognised Australian brands that are well established like Collette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa, Willow, Romance Was Born and Jenny Kee. Three of Australia’s most talked about interior designers, Sarah King, Emma Elizabeth and Henry Wilson, will also join them at the exhibition.

Well known and respected international contemporaries including Galliano, Lanvin, Burberry, Paul Smith, Christian Lacroix, Rick Owens and Giles Deacon will be represented alongside all of that Aussie talent, among others. The exhibition will also feature an exclusive look at the wool archives from fashion designers including Thierry Mugler and Sonya Rykiel.


London-based Charlotte Lurot is the Director of Bacchus Studio and the curator of this exhibition, her work includes the Fashion in Motion series with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Wool Modern celebrates wool with fabulous fashion pieces displayed alongside wool-focused installations and products by interior designers, artists and photographers. The aesthetic, environmental and technical benefits of wool are all being celebrated in this exhibition. Highlights include Giles Deacon’s woolen ‘eggs’,  Sibling’s ‘knit monster’ and a specially designed Erdem red carpet.

Wool Modern is an exhibition that offers inspiration and educational opportunities for students.

Ch Lacroix
Christian Lacroix

‘Campaign for Wool’ is the broader global initiative that Wool Modern is a part of, HRH Prince Charles is the campaign’s Patron and he is a passionate advocator of choosing real wool and educating consumers about the environmental benefits of wool.

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) CEO Stuart McCullough says, “Following on from our Australian launch at Admiralty House in 2011, it is fantastic to see even more brands and retailers get behind the campaign this year. Wool Modern is a great opportunity for us to showcase great Australian designers using a great Australian product and show these designers side-by-side with some of the best in the world.”

Vivienne Westwood, one of Campaign for Wool’s most active supporters says: “Wool is one of the world’s great natural fibres, famous for its versatility and comfort – warm in winter, cool in summer. I do believe that because it is such a luxury fabric that its status will increase. People will not want manmade fibres anymore and luxury will be seen in the great traditional, natural, fibres.”

Wool Modern launches on April 24th and runs until April 30th 2012 at Pier 2/3, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

Exhibition entry is free and if you would like to learn more, visit: www.woolmodern.com

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