Strike a Pose... with Lee Lin Chin

Media release: Thursday, 17 July 2008

Trends of the 1960s and 1970s have taken centre stage at the National Archives in Canberra with a celebration of Australian fashion photography.

Strike a Pose … with Lee Lin Chin explores the world of Australian style up to 40 years ago, when trendsetters created a fashion revolution with a mix of mini skirts, space-aged garments and granny dresses.

With fashion icon and broadcaster Lee Lin Chin as guest curator, the exhibition celebrates the emerging local fashion industry of the time, along with its personalities, trends and influences.

Posed fashion shots sit alongside the exuberance of street culture, capturing the essence of a period when cultural change ruled.

'These pictures are not about art,' writes Lee Lin Chin in an introduction to the exhibition. 'They are not even just about fashion because, from today's perspective, they've recorded a transcendent historical moment when nothing was going to be quite the same again.'

Fashion students from the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) have a special role in the launch of Strike a Pose … with Lee Lin Chin.

'We have had a very exciting relationship with CIT and the young upcoming Canberra designers,' said exhibition manager Caroline Webber from the National Archives. 'They have been working with Lee Lin Chin as their muse to create some designs for her. Over a couple of sessions, she spoke to the students about her personal interests and what she seeks in a design. At the exhibition, Lee Lin Chin is hosting a parade of their designs and wearing one she has chosen.'

Pepe's Paperie and Prime Television are also sponsors of Strike a Pose. The exhibition is part of the Vivid National Photographic Festival, which features 100 exhibitions at 50 venues in Canberra and region from 11 July to 12 October 2008.

A selection of high-resolution images from the exhibition can be downloaded from this website.

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0427 853 664 e elizabeth.masters@naa.gov.au
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