Celebration of 60s fashion

Media release: Thursday, 7 August 2008

People around Australia can now see the National Archives' popular exhibition Strike a Pose online. The exhibition, which recently opened, features trends of the 1960s and 1970s in a celebration of Australian fashion photography.

'Strike a Pose has been so popular with visitors to Canberra that we wanted to provide an opportunity for others who live further away to see it,' said Caroline Webber, exhibitions manager with the National Archives. 'We have therefore created an online showcase with some of the most popular images on display.'

'The photographs evoke memories of the 60s and 70s for those who were there but younger people also enjoy a fascinating insight into a period of social change around the world.'

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 miniskirts, space-age 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.'

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.

See Strike a Pose online.

Contact information

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