You Can’t Do That


When persistence meets resistance, the results can be explosive.

You Can’t Do That, presented by Melbourne Museum celebrates moments in the careers of Melbourne fashion figures who proved their mettle. By defying opposition, these people became fashion’s shakers and movers of their time.

Starting with the 1950s couture achievements of Stella Dare, this show heralds the arrival of true Australian originals. You’ll see Prue Acton launch Australia’s first international celebrity brand, the irreverent designs of Jenny Bannister, and the sharp but sugared tailoring of Christopher Graf, among other Melbourne fashion luminaries. Through an energetic display of garments and stories, You Can’t Do That rethinks the rules and feeds the creative contrarian within. Because who says you can’t?

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