Melbourne Fashion Festival Exhibition

MARS Gallery presents an exhibition featuring tailored cheongsam created by artist Scotty So to coincide with Melbourne Fashion Festival 2022. 


Walk through the MARS downstairs basement and into a wardrobe of hand made cheongsam (a form fitting gown birthed from the modernisation and feminism in the 20s China). Each piece showcases the artist’s unique and modern interpretation of the traditional cheongsam which was popularised by socialites in 1920s Shanghai. 

Recognisable designs such as red-white-blue laundry bags, a YSL Mondrian dress, and a unique take on camouflage are referenced in So’s custom cheongsam dresses. Alongside the cheongsams, the exhibition features a photograph from So’s fashion house series in which the vanity and beauty of the working class is emphasised through the use of ripped-off monogram prints on Cheongsam.


Well-known for his drag performances, So will stage a performance for the launch on Saturday the 5th of February.


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