The exhibition, Sourcing the Muse, was developed by Powerhouse Museum decorative arts and design curator, Glynis Jones. It was presented at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 12 April - 21 July 2002.
The project was only possible due to the generous contributions of each of the designers. Their involvement was enthusiastic throughout, from their engagement with the Powerhouse collection to their open sharing of their creative processes, and their participation in display design. We warmly thank each of them:
Akira Isogawa (Akira)
Lydia Pearson (Easton Pearson)
Pamela Easton (Easton Pearson)
Gwendolynne Burkin (Gwendolynne)
Michelle Jank (Michelle Jank)
Nicola Finetti (Nicola)
Peter Boyd (S!X)
Denise Sprynskyj (S!X)
Rosemary Armstrong (Tea Rose)
Georgia Chapman (Vixen)
Maureen Sohn (Vixen)
Photography and copyright
Each of the designers decided how their outfits were to be photographed; they selected models, photographers, stylists, hairdressers and make-up artists. These photographs are captioned with credits in each designer section. Details of these images may also occur elsewhere on the website. Credits for these images, and of the portrait shots of the designers, are:
Outfit by Gwendolynne Burkin of polyester viscose and lycra, hand-beaded.
Millinery by Richard Neylon, parasol trimmed with ostrich feathers.
Photographer: Robyn Lea, Robyn Lea Photography, represented by The Artist Group
Hair and makeup: Lin Parups
Dress by Michelle Jank, cotton-lycra net
overlaid with textile fragments
Photographer: Jason Capobianco
Stylist: Kelvin Harries
Hair and makeup: Dotti
Model: Emma Booth, Chic Model Management
Photograph of Michelle Jank by Jason Capobianco
Dress of silk georgette, silk chiffon and metallic
embroidery on silk organza by Nicola Finetti
Photographers: Lyn Balzer and Anthony Perkins
Stylist: Marian Simms
Hair and make-up artist: Rae Morris for Mac
Model: Sarah, Chadwick Model Agency
of Nicola Finetti by Jean-Francois Lanzarone
Outfit by S!X. 'Pant' jacket of wool-polyester,
'fan' skirt, polyester with laser-cut heat transfer design
and applied shapes, blouse of printed polyester
Photographer: Jack Sarafian
Hair: Tracey Colebrook for Shibui
Model: Tory Rodd, Cameron's Management (Pty Ltd)
Photograph of Denise Sprynskyj and Peter Boyd by Jack Sarafian
Wedding dress by Rosemary Armstrong, Tea Rose. Silk-satin lining, silk and viscose tulle with laser-cut flowers, silk-tulle drapery
Photographer: Greg Nagle
Stylist: Thelma McQuillan
Hair & make-up: Kelly Stratton
Model: Suzanne Black, Chic Model Management
of Rosemary Armstrong by Sue Stafford
Vixen textiles Image designer & photographer: Sonya Pletes
Model: Kyra Clarke
of Georgia Chapman and Maureen Sohn by Kalimna Mohamed
The Museum has endeavoured to contact all right holders of photographs to seek permission to include works on this website. If you have any rights in any of the images on this website which you believe have not been cleared, please email Muse images.
The photographs of the objects from the Powerhouse Museum collection and also the exhibition views in this website are © The Trustees of the Powerhouse Museum and were taken by Powerhouse staff photographers:
S!X: Christian Dior woman's suit 1950, Issey Miyake 'Minaret'dress 1995.
Michelle Jank: Woman's Chinese surcoat c1900.
Vixen: Kuba ceremonial skirt c1940, Samoan 'siapo' (bark cloth) c1930.
Easton Pearson: Baltic jacket early 1900s.
Gwendolynne: jabot c1930.
Nicola Finetti: Baltic lace headdress c1900.
Tea Rose: Day dress with bustle 1870s, Lace wedding overdress c1927.
Akira: day dress with bustle c1870.
Easton Pearson: lining of Baltic jacket early 1900s, cockade fan c1890, Lavender fan c1900.
Gwendolynne: bodice c1905, cocktail hat c1955, corset c1895, crocodile skin handbag c1940, 'The Delineator'magazine 1908, Dress by Emanuel Ungaro c1965, Fashion plate - 'Twelve fashionable head dresses of 1778', leather gloves c1935, pocket late 1800s;
Michelle Jank: Chinese embroidered panels (2) 1800s, Chinese insignia badge c1875, Egyptian 'Asyut'coat c1930, embroidered shawl c1920, Layered cape c1896.
Nicola Finetti: Filigree shoe 1880s.
S!X: Christian Dior woman's suit bodice 1950, paper fan 1897, Shirt front or 'dickie' c1950, waistcoat 1920s.
Tea Rose: Irish crochet coat early 1900s, Wedding photograph c1925.
Vixen: 'Asyut' shawl early 20th century.
All exhibition views were also photographed by Jean-Francois Lanzarone.
Gwendolynne: barette boot c1895.
Further assistance was provided by:
Image Resource Centre - Ryan Hernandez
Photo Librarian - Kathy Hackett
Copyright - Gara Baldwin
Manager - Seb Chan
Website Coordinator - Jason Gee
Online Content Coordinator - Irma Havlicek