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.

Surviving Fashion Week: Opening Night

Tuesday the 15th of September was the day that Fashion Week in Perth started, in 2015. The opening night was filled with items from Dilettante, featuring Yang Li, 33 Poets and Maticevski, that were exquisite, as well as intriguing. Upon arrival at the Perth Concert Hall, a large tent was placed outside and held the runway area, with the after party area attached. When walking passed this tent I was able to spot a few things that lay outside for the people to come and experience. There was a backdrop for the Perth Fashion Festival, featuring all the sponsor's names on the backdrop, so that people could have their photos taken there, and any interviews for the news would be conducted in this area. Near that was the Telstra hub, and as they were supporting the event, they had brought along an area for people to access wifi for their laptops and/or phones. There was a large screen projecting all the tweets and instagram pictures that were being taken at the event using the hashtag #TPFF and inside the concert hall area there were a few more things. There was the Loreal hair studio area, where lovely people from Loreal were there to style people's hair, if they chose to have it styled. Near that was a professional photo booth, with a photographer and a lovely background, where a picture of you could be taken, then they printed it out in A4 size with the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival logo at the bottom. Across from that was the Fashion Festival's bar which featured some items of clothing from local Perth designers, and there were free water bottles for anyone to take.

Tiffany Kennedy at the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival

As it was almost time for the event to start, and pictures had been taken, everyone slowly made their way towards the tent to take their seats. A red carpet had been placed in front of the tent as well, for people to walk down, take photos, and conduct small videos. Upon entry the first three rows of seats had bags with goodies in them, and the other rows had a poster of the event and water bottles with the Fashion Festival logo on it. We all sat and soon the event began with opening speeches and remarks on the clothing, designers, as well as many other items. The lights dimmed, music started playing, and the magic of the fashion show began.

Tiffany Kennedy at the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival

Each piece was art, and they were all very interesting. They were items that deserved their own place on the runway, but they could also be taken to the streets as they worked for that style as well. They were versatile pieces that could be used for a variety of events, shown off by Perth models with the extraordinary faces, that knew how to work the catwalk. Perth models know what to do, and it was easy to see, as they showed us what these clothes were and what they could be. The show was filled with an abundance of beauty, and every piece is available for pre-order or purchase at Dilettante.

(There will also be a video coming out next week showing you what occurred at fashion week, in Perth)

Yang Li's clothing, shown at the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival