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Modern Love

Fashion visionaries from the FIDM Museum LA

26 October 2013 – 2 February 2014

A selection of some of the world’s most influential designers from the past 40 years feature in the exhibition Modern Love. In curating this exclusive exhibition, Bendigo Art Gallery has drawn on archival fashion objects from the extensive collection of the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles.

Modern Love focuses on approximately 60 works from the post-punk period from the 1980s to the present day from this one unique collection.  It reflects fashion in our contemporary lives with works ranging from haute couture designs such as a museum commissioned gown by Alexander McQueen through to t-shirts and Adidas high top runners.

Designers include Thom Browne, Chanel, Comme des Garçons, Dior, Ferragamo, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, Carolina Herrera, Betsey Johnson, Patrick Kelly, Helmut Lang, Monique Lhuillier, Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Issey Miyake, Moschino, Thierry Mugler, Hiroaki Ohya, Zac Posen, Prada, Christian Francis Roth, Ralph Rucci, Valentino, Versace, Vivienne Westwood, YSL and more.

Bendigo Art Gallery is the exclusive venue for this exhibition in Australia, the first travelling exhibition of its kind from the FIDM Museum, LA.

Tickets are now on sale, along with accommodation packages. Go to www.modernlovebendigo.com for further information, or follow the links below. 

Ticket information 

Programs and events

Frequently asked questions

Sponsors and supporters

Blue Pyrenees Bubble Club offer


Want a tempting glimpse of what’s on display in the exhibition? http://youtu.be/vdUU6O5Vs7I



QR codes are installed in the exhibition space directing interested visitors to additional online content about designers whose work is on display.
These links are also listed below.

Azzedine Alaia
Galliano for Dior
Jean Paul Gaultier
Betsey Johnson
Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Alexander McQueen
Issey Miyake
Gianni Versace
Vivienne Westwood
Yohji Yamamoto

Please note: To access the QR codes in the exhibition visitors will need a smart phone and a QR reader app on their phone.

We are sincerely grateful for the essential support of our fantastic Exhibition Sponsors, including Bendigo Bank, ABC Central Victoria, Vline, Melbourne Airport and Power AV, plus our wonderful Event Sponsors Oliver Birch and Blue Pyrenees. For a full list of all of our sponsors please go to our  Sponsors & Supporters page.