Dark Wonderland

Let’s talk Maticevski.

"Renowned Australian fashion designer Toni Maticveski has achieved international acclaim for his dexterous ability to morph, adapt and defy the boundaries of fashion."

- Bendigo Art Gallery


Seeing these pieces, strangely, is like seeing a work of art. I hear it all the time, fashion is art and art can be fashion, yet it’s not so obvious until you see works such as Maticveski’s. Adapting and defying the boundaries of fashion, Maticevski’s obsession with detail is so noticeable through his Dark Wonderland exhibition. Filled with pieces from his personal archive, these garments tend to sculpt a beautiful shape that’s not just ethereal but godly.

mdsc_0212When I headed down to Bendigo, which was (what I assumed to be) a two hour (or three hour) drive from the airport, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I assumed that it’d be much like Bunbury in Western Australia, and then I remembered that I hadn’t been to Bunbury in over 6 years, so I couldn’t really compare the two. Bendigo itself was like a little city in many ways, with everything close together, just walking distance from each other, with various tattoo parlours and Grill’d just around the corner, but none of that really caught my attention, apart from the Bendigo Art Gallery. As soon as I checked into the apartment I would be staying in for the next few days, there was already a flyer there showing Maticevski’s work for his Dark Wonderland exhibition. I knew that if I had one moment of spare time, I would be heading that way, I almost cried when I stepped into the building (I have no idea why everything was just overwhelming and so pretty).

mdsc_0235Every single piece felt as though it had something to say, not just about its own design, but about the person who decides to wear it. It was quite incredible to see such gowns, like a true wonderland, we all wondered about the designs themselves, and the stories that surround each and every one. Every detail seemed perfect which is insane, because where can that perfection possibly come from, yet they all were. Knowing that I did have a university assignment coming up that I had to push to get done (it was due the moment I landed), and seeing these designs, followed my exact train of thought when it came to this project. Gods, and Goddesses. These designs were insane, they were made for creatures that don’t even belong on this earth, yet these creatures do exist, with the utmost confidence and godly features, whether that’s their looks or more importantly the way they act. I can’t believe something so precious fell into my lap. I photographed every piece and every piece was displayed perfectly for me to photograph. I don’t think I’ve ever been to an exhibition that has held so much detail and interest. I know I’m rambling, but I seriously could go on for days about Maticevski’s designs - I almost wore one of his items to my own Ball, which is probably why I’m so obsessed. I just honestly never thought I’d be able to explore a wonderland designed by Maticevski with dark twists and turns, yet there I was.


So, here’s to the Dark Wonderland and all of its fascinations.

Shot on a Nikon D3200.

Daughters of Destiny

24 / 05 /2016

Okay, so yes we all know that (yet again) I’ve taken a hiatus without informing anyone, and (yet again) I’m apologising for that. Now that that’s just been dealt with, let's talk about one event that occurred last month, that I didn’t even get a chance to spill about because University caught up with me. I really need to start planning these things out again.


An evening of ‘glamour’ held in the Art Gallery of Western Australia, is probably not what I thought happened in an art gallery after dark. You know how you watch those TV shows or movies, where there are people in a gallery or museum after dark, and it’s usually pretty boring, just security guards lurking about (excluding Night at The Museum, that was, well, we know what that was). There was a sparkle in the gallery, as glasses were poured, the food was served, and a carpet was rolled out for models to make a grand entrance down the staircase, in honour of Daughters of Destiny Homestead for Women and Girls in Crisis. This event was held in order for those attending to start a conversation, to raise awareness towards this cause, and of course, to raise funds for the cause itself.


There were a few familiar faces backstage that I had seen before; a few models that I had met, some that I’d seen in small photoshoots, and a few others I knew from here or there. As the models rushed through hair and makeup before they were called through to put on their first outfits of the night, the makeup artists and hairdressers worked wonderfully - it was blissful in a way. So many people in one room preparing for the big night ahead, fashion shows always take up a lot of time, and a lot of work. I still wonder how they were able to pull it off, and with the art gallery as the perfect backdrop, it was definitely an interesting night.

With a variety of photographers there all pushing and wanting the same spot, flashes that startled the unaware audience, and lights situated in a few different areas, I wondered how I, a small kid who’s still somewhat new to the game, would be able to compete and fit into the crowd. Maybe it was just a blogger thing. The other photographers there were ready with all of their gear to capture every single shot, it’s their profession, and has been for a long time, but perhaps that’s what intimidated me. A blogger, who yes also has the profession of a photographer, but I’ve barely even started my degree towards that, or had enough experience to compare. Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked, the important thing here is the cause behind this fashion show.


1DSC_0161With a variety of clothing labels such as Raimonds, Wild Violet, Labels on Loan, and Bridal Affair supporting Daughters of Destiny, it was nice to see a community band together. I do realise that in Perth there are a lot of these events that go towards causes such as this, and the brands Crystal Shoe Couture and Hair by Vintage Hairess also aided the event. With the amount of people there and the way in which everyone connected with each other, I’m sure this event and its cause reached more people - as this blog post does the same. By the end of the night, when the models came out to talk to the crowd, everyone was buzzing, creating the perfect atmosphere to end on.


Check out the cause here: Daughters of Destiny