Bendigo is fast becoming one of my favourite go to places in regional Victoria; with its country charm, old world architecture and lovely cuisine it’s hard not to love this town. Adding to this richness is the Bendigo Art Gallery which seems to be hosting a wonderful selection of art and fashion exhibitions of late that has made it a cultural destination not to be missed. So, having said this, back in January (apologies for the lateness of this post!) my dear sister and I were drawn back to this beautiful town to witness the spectacle that was Dark Wonderland.
A retrospective of sorts illustrating the creative evolution of renowned designer Toni Maticevski, Dark Wonderland was a beautiful nod to a true architect of design. After wandering about this rich collection of garments and other wares, it became quite clear that there was very little wonder as to why he has achieved such international acclaim. The man has skills. His approach to manipulating traditional fashion forms as well as his innovative use of fabrics and unexpected materials in garments highlight his masterful ability to push the boundaries of fashion. Truly sublime. But I’ll let the garments speak for themselves … enjoy!