Flashback: 160 years of Australian Fashion Photos is a new display of more than 30 prints covering the history of Australian fashion photography, which opens at the State Library of NSW on 13 August, 2012.


Mark Foy’s fashion, photograph, 1968. © Geoffrey Lee. 

The display has been assembled from the State Library’s iconic collection and contains images ranging from mid 19th century hand-coloured portraiture through to contemporary fashion shots. Each image represents a significant chapter in Australian fashion photography

history, featuring key moments such as the 1950s appearance for David Jones by American, Carmen Dell’Orefice, who, now at 81, is the world’s oldest working supermodel. Images of iconic Australian catwalk pioneers, June Dally Watkins and Maggie Tabberer; budding actress, Nicole Kidman, and former Miss Universe, Jennifer Hawkins, are also featured. Photographers range from amateurs through to well-known professionals like Helmut Newton and Lewis Morley.

The free display will be on show at the State Library of NSW from 13 August to late December, 2012.