Past Exhibitions

Silhouettes: Fashion in the Shadow of HIV/AIDS

Galleries 1 - 3 | 29 January - 18 June 2022

Silhouettes: Fashion in the Shadow of HIV/AIDS explores the lives and works of some of fashion’s brightest stars from the late 20th century. Featured in this ground-breaking exhibition are works by designers, artists and activists who have passed of AIDS-related illness to raise awareness of their contribution to fashion during a pivotal moment in history.

Over 120 pieces of fashion, art and ephemera – sourced from esteemed private and public collections from the UK, USA and Australia – tell a story of changing hemlines, changing worlds and changing attitudes. Showcasing household names like Halston and Moschino, Silhouettes also features work from revolutionary black designers Patrick Kelly, Fabrice Simon and Willi Smith, and forgotten talents like Clovis Ruffin and Chester Weinberg.

HIV/AIDS in fashion became an important activism tool to force social and political advancement, and in many cases intersected couture designers and activist artists as they collaborated to affect change through fashion, design, and art. Australians Peter Tully, David McDiarmid and Brenton Heath-Kerr brought this struggle to our streets with passion and panache.

The fashion designers, artists, and activists selected for Silhouettes exercised an outsized influence on fashion and almost all are unduly overlooked in recent years. Silhouettes: Fashion in the Shadow of HIV/AIDS is a powerful reminder of an entire generation of international designers lost to the virus but deserving of contemporary recognition.

Curated by Skye Bartlett

Team Manager, SAMESH


Exhibition catalogue now available!

Buy your copy now

Exhibition tours: Friday 11:15am, free with ticket, reservation required


Silhouettes: Fashion in the Shadow of HIV/AIDS

29 January to 18 June 2022

Tuesday to Saturday 10AM – 4PM

No booking required (booking only required for guided tours).

Exhibition Entry: $12 adult. $10 concession. Children under 12 free.

Past Exhibitions

A travelling exhibition from Powerhouse, Sydney

Current Exhibition

Fantastical Worlds

From 13 August 2022, The David Roche Foundation plays host to Fantastical Worlds, a travelling exhibition developed by the Powerhouse museum, Sydney, comprising playful arrangements of old and new.

The Powerhouse collection holds many objects that instil a sense of wonder. Made using a wide range of materials and techniques, they seduce us with their otherworldly beauty, stimulate our imagination and shed light on how we perceive ourselves and the world. For this iteration of the exhibition, the Powerhouse ceramics, jewellery, silver, textiles and fashion are joined by decorative objects and paintings from The David Roche Foundation in a wondrous offering of dazzling form, ornament and colour.

Learn More

Read more

Join Our Mailing List

If you would like to be kept informed of future exhibitions, events and lectures at The David Roche Foundation please join our mailing list.

The David Roche Foundation will only use personal information provided by you for the purposes for which it was collected.
We will ensure that your personal information is not disclosed to any other institutions or organisations.
© Copyright The David Roche Foundation 2022 Website designed, developed by