Silhouettes: Fashion in the Shadow of HIV/AIDS

A Feast Festival presentation by Skye Bartlett, fashion historian and collector | Thursday 11 November 2021 | 6PM

2021 marks 40 years since the emergence of HIV/AIDS. In that time we have lost 39 million lives, including some of fashion’s brightest stars: Halston, Giorgio di Sant’Angelo, Moschino to name a few. Silhouettes: Fashion in the Shadow of HIV/AIDS explores the lives and works of these high fashion designers. Each exercised an outsized influence on fashion and almost all are unduly overlooked in recent years. In preparation for an upcoming world first ground-breaking exhibition, Silhouettes: Fashion in the Shadow of HIV/AIDS is a powerful reminder of the entire generation of designers lost to the virus but deserving of contemporary recognition. Join collector, fashion historian and SAMESH Team Manager Skye Bartlett as he shares stories of some of the brilliant designers who succumbed to HIV and AIDS related illness, and how they changed fashion forever.


About the speaker

Skye Bartlett is a fashion historian and historic fashion and textile collector. He is a benefactor of the Art Gallery of South Australia, regularly donating important pieces of Australian and international clothing and couture. He is also the team manager of the South Australia Mobilisation and Empowerment for Sexual Health – SAMESH, a peer led HIV prevention program as a partnership between SHINE SA and Thorne Harbour Health (formerly the Victorian AIDS Council), and current custodian of the South Australian AIDS Memorial Quilts which were exhibited in 2020 and 2021 in collaboration with the History Trust of SA.


When: 6PM Thursday 11 November 2021

Cost: $25 adult, $20 concession (including a glass of wine on arrival)

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Limited parking available onsite.

A Feast Festival event.

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