You may have noticed Kim K sporting a selection of mind-blowing Thierry Mugler vintage couture recently. Solange also wears a robot-style bodice from the designer's 1992 collection in the 33-minute video for her new album When I Get Home. Cardi B wore two Mugler creations from the 90s as she walked the red carpet and accepted her historic Grammy trophy in February this year.
Known for his fairytale, sometimes alien vision, these sculptural gowns were lifted from an archive of the designer’s mid and late 90s collections, and boom: vintage Mugler appreciation is skyrocketing right now.
While most of us would otherwise never have access to such style treasures—a designer pop-up is due to hit Sydney this week that’s set to be stacked with archival gems from Mugler, Gaultier, Issey Miyake, COMME des GARÇONS, Prada and more.
It’s hosted by Aoyama Archive, a Melbourne-based collective who search the world for rare 80s, 90s and 00s pieces from the world’s most iconic fashion houses. Aoyama run regular guerrilla pop ups in Melbourne, but this time, they’re shipping their archive north for a one-off in Sydney.
Shopping archival and resale designer clothing is a shift Aoyama Archive wants to push. “After four successive events in Melbourne, we're finally making our way to Sydney to embrace the vital and expressive subculture of what the fashion industry should push towards,” says Aoyama Archive director Sebastian Supel.
As for what’ll be at the Sydney pop-up, expect to unearth the most extensive and comprehensive range of Gaultier mesh tops in the world. There’ll also be a collection of tailored suits from the 80s and 90s.
What: Aoyama Archive Sydney Pop Up
When: Friday 22 March, 5.30 – 9pm
Where: China Heights Gallery, 78 Campbell Street, Surry Hills
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Image credit: A look from Thierry Mugler's 1992 collection featured in the George Michael video for Too Funky, which Mugler directed. Via Pinterest.