Marimekko at Bendigo Art Gallery

How lucky to be in Bendigo just days before the close of the Marimekko exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery. The designers’ sketches and concept art interested me most, but the long swathes of cotton material hung on the wall had an art-like quality.

Design was foremost in the ethos and dictated clothing shape and style. Simple signature shifts were the designers’ canvas, unencumbered by tucks waistlines, seams, zippers, buttons or darts. No wonder the company attracted such talented designers, with resultant designs that still stand up today rather than sinking into the annals of fashion and fad.

By Jude Tulloch

Artist, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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