The Gold Room

Boyd, P and Sprynskyj, D 2006, The Gold Room, (Creative Work : Design/architecture).

Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title The Gold Room
Author(s) Boyd, P
Sprynskyj, D
Year 2006
Type of work Design/architecture
Outlet Noble Rot: an alternate view of fashion, Como historic house & garden. National Trust of VIC,Melbourne, Australia
Dates 16 February - 4 June 2006
Medium Textiles, gold foil, paint, photography, and other media
Staged in conjunction with the Melbourne Fashion Festival, 'The Gold Room' was shown in three sequentially connected exhibitions, which together explored the boundaries and procedures of commercial fashion design practice.

Initially S!X was invited to participate in the 'Noble Rot' exhibition, curated by Robyn Healy, and was the sole fashion design practice so involved. The brief was to draw on the National Trust archives at Como to design an installation that answered to the themes of time and decay, and to use the facilities to display the work. The laundry was selected to display a selection of garment 'remnants', tulle pieces zipped together and printed with gold lace, garments which seemed at once careworn yet rich. In an upstairs bathroom was hung the unfinished shell of a tailored jacket, while the window was filled with reproductions of lace prints selected from the garment archives. The same print was painted tennis-court fashion on the lawn, eventually to fade or wash away. The work as a whole was ""about the ephemeral nature of fashion, the damaged, stained, unfinished garments, fripperies and accessories.. a fascinating and subtle change to the boring historic house routine."" ( 'The Gold Room - From Como to Catwalk' parade at Docklands, also as part of the Festival, with animation-projection of lacework by SIAL, was a range of garments developed specifically from the pieces devised for Como. This process of allowing fashion design to be dictated by an artistic brief inverted the usual relationship of fashion and art, according to which commercially-produced works later find themselves exhibited in a gallery. Images of the work were then selected for 'Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living', which toured nationally and internationally (Milan).

The Gold Room was short-listed for the Premier's Design Award in 2007."
Subject Textile and Fashion Design
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