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Marimekko: Design Icon 1951 to 2018

3 March - 11 June 2018
Open every day including all public holidays, 10am - 5pm.
Photography is allowed in this exhibition.

Established during the golden age of post-war modernism, Marimekko is the Finnish textile and fashion company that achieved international fame in the 1960s and 70s with its bold screen prints and pop-art style graphics. Coinciding with the emerging liberation of women, the founding of Marimekko, or ‘Mary dress’ as the name literally translates, represented a pure concept; free from rules and constraints.  

This exhibition traces Marimekko’s meteoric rise from the 1950s to the present, and explores the dualities that define its aesthetic. Its iconic fabric patterns and unconventional ready-to-wear outfits brought colour and informality to an otherwise self-conscious fashion world. With more than 60 outfits, swathes of original fabrics, homewares, sketches and other archival materials, the exhibition focuses on the work of the talented individuals who defined this local textile practice and created its internationally recognisable designs.


Exhibition ticket prices:
Adult $15
Concession $12
Gallery Member  $10
Children under 16 years $6
Children under 5 years free

More information on our Marimekko exhibition:

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Unikko, designed by Maija Isola 1964. Marimekko.
Umbrella made with Unikko fabric, Bökars 1966. Picture Tony Vaccharo. Published Life Magazine 1966. Courtesy of Design Museum, Helsinki.
Hat and dress in pattern Linssi (lence) (detail) | pattern designed in 1966 by Kaarina Kellomäki. Courtesy of Design Museum, Helsinki
Curtain made from the pattern Unikko designed by Maija Isola in 1964. Image courtesy of Design Museum, Helsinki.