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House of Tarvydas and Looking Out – Exhibition opening

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14 August 2008

House of Tarvydas and Looking Out – Exhibition opening
Two exhibitions that celebrate the internationalisation of WA fashion

Ms Annmarie Carpenter, Perth Fashion Festival Ambassador, will officially open the exhibitions

Thursday 21 August at 6pm
John Curtin Gallery, Building 200 (opposite Kirribilli Café)
Curtin University of Technology, Kent St, Bentley
Media are invited to attend the opening of House of Tarvydas and Looking Out on Thursday 21 August

House of Tarvydas is an anniversary tribute to the influential fashion designer, Ruth Tarvydas and her extraordinary career. Key designs from Ruth Tarvydas’ collection under the Ruta label, established in 1968, to her current work, will highlight the considerable contribution Tarvydas has made to the development of contemporary fashion design in Australia over the years.

Looking Out, profiles the diversity and individual style of five local fashion designers who have achieved international recognition. This exhibition features cutting edge designers including: ae’lkemi, Aurelio Costarella, ericaamerica, Material Boy and dd by Megan Salmon,. Their work reflects the dynamic and innovative nature of garment design in WA.

These exhibitions will coincide with the 2008 Perth Fashion Festival and run from 22 August to 10 October 2008.

Note to COS/Editor: Media are welcome to attend a VIP preview tour of the exhibition at 5.45pm with Ms Annmarie Carpenter, Perth Fashion Festival Ambassador; Professor Jeanette Hacket, Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University of Technology; Ms Anne Farren, Curator; members of the John Curtin Gallery advisory board; Ms Ruth Tarvydas, and the Looking Out designers. Photograph and interview opportunities are available during this time.

Please RSVP to Monique Billstein on 9266 3353 or email her at by COB Wednesday 22 August. Admission and parking are free. Please enter via the Kent Street main entrance and follow the signs to car park P3.

Contact: Monique Billstein, Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Curtin, 08 9266 3353,

Modified: 19 August 2008

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