Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hat's off to Our Bold Designers

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Hat's off to Our Bold Designers

Article excerpt

UNTIL the turn of the last century, women's fashion was centred on bespoke, ornate and precisely fitted garments.

Rockhampton Art Gallery is taking inspiration from the days before mass-made, off-the-rack clothing and accessories to feature eye-catching designs by Central Queensland artists and creators.

By day, Kim Withers is an accountant, but in her spare time she's been busy for the past decade making millinery for the women of Rockhampton for her business Art of the Hat.

Her stunning designs have even made it to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, featured in the Oakes Day millinery award in 2014.

Now locals can get a taste for her wearable art, with pieces on show at the gallery complementing the colours and styles of Coming Into Fashion: A Century of Photography from Conde Nast, running in the ground floor of the building.

Kim spent six weeks researching and putting together the four pieces featured in the exhibition, experimenting with a range of materials including plastics and feathers. …

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