FA S H I O N F O R WA R D The rich stories behind two centuries of Australian fashion and design will be explored in Melbourne this autumn, with the National Gallery of Victoria showcasing two major exhibitions that explore the country’s evolving aesthetic and artistic heritage. 200 Years of Australian Fashion will explore the legacy of Aussie designers through 120 garments, from mid-century glamour to contemporary designs. Meanwhile, Making the Australian Quilt 1800–1950 will reveal the social and historical fabric behind the craft. N G V.V I C . G O V. AU
LIGHTING THE WAY LYN BAL ZE R AND TONY PE RKINS , aka, 2 by Lyn & Tony, are creative chameleons.
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Having begun as photographers, they fell into jewellery design somewhat by accident, before exploring scent, furniture, art installation and objects, but their ventures always stem from themes of sensuality, texture and the Australian landscape and are inextricably connected. In late 2014, Lyn & Tony collaborated with cult candle brand Maison Balzac on two fragrances, aiming to craft an olfactory representation of their photographic work: L’Obscurite evoking volcanic rocks by the seaside -and L’Etrangete an imagination of sunbeams through a rainforest canopy. These have since been selected to perfume the Australian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The brand has also begun a foray into object design, including leather-woven lighting, marble tables and artisanal pieces. Using traditional weaving techniques, in a highly creative and almost brutalist method, 2 by Lyn & Tony produces work that is the antithesis of a plastic world. Instead, the pair drives limits, allowing natural materials to determine the outcome. LY N A N D T O N Y. C O M 52 Mercedes-Benz magazine
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