Posts Tagged ‘fitzroy’

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Upcoming: Minsky’s Market at the House of Burlesque

March 14, 2011

☛Announcing the first ‘Minsky’s Market’ starting Sunday March 20th – 2pm, 2011 the year of the Rabbit so come and grab it at House of Burlesque where you can check out or (sell with pre arrangement) your Vintage style clothing and artwork from Victorian through to 50′s pinup at the House of Burlesque studio.

This month there’s a bevy of designers such as:

Vicious Venus
Virtual Goddess
Visage N Vice

that’s all the designers starting with V.

The super talented designer Ryan Whelan will showcase his creations – to have some non fashion Polyester will mix it up. There’s also corsets normally $120 down to $45, showgirl fans, lingerie and to tone it down Minsky will have her garage sale and wait there’s Sideshow Annie Costume Parlour.

Are you a designer or do you have items someone else would love? Send an email to info@houseofburlesque.com

We will also be incorporating performances and parades – email info@houseofburlesque.com if interested.

Share with friends who could sell/display their creations or would just like to check out the the market by informing them of the opening on the 20th of March 2011 starting 2pm at House of Burlesque – 397A Brunswick Street Fitzroy 3065 – enter via rear of building.

Much Love and big kiss xo
Minsky

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The Magic Lantern – a cache of curiousities on Brunswick St, Fitzroy

February 25, 2011

One of the most remarkable new establishments I’ve had the pleasure of setting both feet inside, the marvels of Melbourne’s Wunderkammer not withstanding, is The Magic Lantern.

Wall to wall oddities related to tricks and treats of an older age:  magic, optical illusions, cardboard theatres, puppets – imagine a time before TV, before DVDs, before gaming, where amusement was only to be found in the head, on paper and in actions… these are the imaginative tools used to build a sense of the surreal, the infinite, the stuff of dreams. A magic lantern was itself a pre-20th century optical trick, the first projector, perhaps it could be said, so that pretty much infers the interest and scope of this store.

The Magic Lantern is replete with such weapons against a rainy day and a drab room, so grab some candle-lamps, don a frilly frock and take your imagination away with fairies, gypsies, devils, conjurers and the wonders of the play….

Details:

155 Brunswick St

FitzroyMelbourneAustralia

Open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

http://www.magiclanternstudio.com

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Proof of Concept – Robin Fox Photo Exhibition until mid September

August 6, 2010

30.07.2010—25.09.2010
Gallery 1
ROBIN FOX
PROOF OF CONCEPT

The Proof of Concept series emerges out of Robin Fox’s practice spanning seven years as an audio-visual performance artist exploring the area of synaesthesia via electrical signal equivalence. These explorations focus on the conversion of sounding electricity into visual electricity using oscilloscopes and laser projectors to facilitate the visualisations. The use of both mediums requires that a single light source move with enough speed to create persistence of vision, allowing for the emergence of solid two- and three-dimensional correlates to the sound algorithms. In this series of photographs, sounding algorithms are visualised using laser light and captured using long exposure to allow for the light to trace across the recording medium. The result is a time-distilled snapshot of the sampling space. The photographs represent after-images, slices of time that contain these algorithms, which have their genesis in sound. Displayed in a linear sequence, the photographs are a silent witness to this process.

Centre for Contemporary Photography

404 George Street
Fitzroy
Vic 3065
Australia

T +61 3 9417 1549
E info@ccp.org.au
W www.ccp.org.au

…I think I”ll let the above speak for itself.  Robin Fox is an amazing artist. Go look at his work.

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Visage ‘n’ Vice Boutique, Johnson St, Fitzroy

July 14, 2010

I’m convinced that Fitzroy is on a Leyline.  Or Vlad Tepes corpse is buried there.  Or maybe it’s  because it’s on a bat flight path?  whatever the reason… Fitzroy is the Little Carfax of Melbourne, with yet another gothic boutique opening its doors. This one is interesting in that it is specialising in accessories as much as clothing, from what i can tell, and is emphasising local designers, including a few strutting their stuff at the yearly Circa Nocturna parade.

But it doesn’t end there: the boutique holds its own parades and soirees, which they advertise on their website… which also includes a webbe shoppe for out of towners.

Their website describes their wares thus:

Who is Visage ‘n’ Vice?

Visage ‘n’ Vice Boutique, specialise in alternative wear and accessories catering to all occasions, and also inclinations of individuality and self expression.

V ‘n’ V Boutique is dedicated to providing you, with cutting edge clothing accessories and giftware. Creations are available as off the rack designs and also through our custom services, we provide something unique for a wide range of alternative subcultures.

One thing that we like at VnV is that if you see an item happens to tantalise your senses, but we don’t currently stock it in your size – never fear, as we are able to order it in. Our custom service really shines with the pure custom service, which entails you – the client, creating something that is uniquely you – an extension of your identity and personality.

Although not all designers can provide custom orders, these still cover a wide range of items including, but not limited to, furniture, clothing and accessories.

Custom orders are made possible by contacting us with a request and, where possible, an in store consultation with the respective designer can be arranged for a small fee.

Our Boutique offers you quality Independent creations with a focus on independent artistians, with a predominantly Australian made range.

Some of our local stockists include the following designers:

Bone Orchard, Crypt Trash, Gallery Serpentine Corsetry, GeoMythiK, LeLash, Lyris Design, Mizzerie Debauch Accessories, Feral Fraggle Hair, Hexotica, Naughty Nights Custom Furniture, Nocturnal Flames, Manic Panic, Miss X Cosmetics, Raven Clothing, Safari Lee, Vitae, XSIV Leather, Z~ENT!TY, Milly Pilly Designs

Here are the details:

248 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Victoria. Australia 3065

Trading Hours
Monday 11:00am – 6:30pm
Tuesday 11:00am – 6:30pm
Wednesday 11:00am – 6:30pm
Thursday 11:00am – 6:30pm
Friday 11:00am – 6:30pm
Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Email
visage.n.vice@gmail.com
Phone
+61 (0) 3 9486 0752
Postal Address
248 Johnston Street,
Fitzroy,
Victoria. 3065
Australia
They also have a Facebook and a Myspace for you social media mongers…
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Liquid Architecture Sound Art Festival, July 2010

June 9, 2010

Liquid Architecture Festival is once more nearly upon us, with its usual diverse range of artists, spaces, media and performance.  This year, the focus seems to be on Australian artists, rather than importing a bunch of intriguing internationals, with just a smattering of imports including Japan’s KK Null.  The festival doesn’t suffer a whit from being more localised, though:  we have an astonishing amount of talent here in our own front, back and side yards.  What better way to get yourself acquainted with some of our most intriguing sonic ambassadors like Robin Fox, Snawklor, Matt Tierney and many more.

This year’s line up is available at the Liquid Architecture website:

and includes the following events:

01.07.2010 – 17.07.2010 Exhibition @ West Space West Space Gallery Melbourne
01.07.2010 – 17.07.2010 ‘constellation’ exhibition with performance interruptions @ Red Gallery, Melbourne Red Gallery Fitzroy North, Melbourne
01.07.2010 Concert One @ 3RRR Melbourne 3RRR Performance Space Brunswick East
02.07.2010 Artist talk by Lionel Marchetti @ West Space West Space Gallery Melbourne
02.07.2010 Concert Two @ 3RRR Melbourne 3RRR Performance Space Brunswick East
06.07.2010 – 17.07.2010 The Sound Playground Exhibition @ fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne fortyfivedownstairs Melbourne
09.07.2010 – 11.07.2010 Chronox installation @ Tape Projects, Melbourne Tape Projects Space Melbourne
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Devil Kitty – Brunswick St Fitzroy

January 7, 2009

 

From the people who have brought you Victorian Gothic for the past few years, there’s a new boutique on Brunswick Street!  Called Devil Kitty,  they’re focussing on the rockabilly/alt.rock fashion side of Vic Gothic’s range, leaving the original store to stock themselves up to the kohl-laden eyelids with more gothic clothing.  Devil Kitty is only a couple of doors away from the original Vic Gothic, meaning that if you prefer not to have to choose one style or the other, it’s easy staggering distance to shop both.

With clothing for boys and girls instore, plus accessories, handbags and shoes, Devil Kitty is an intriguing alternative to the other rockabilly shop around the corner Faster Pussycat on Gertrude Street.  The DK website has a blog which seems to be semi-regularly updated with photos and stock news.

Details:

  •  
      137 Brunswick Street
      Fitzroy
      Phone: 03 94174 911
      Opening Hours:
  • Devil Kitty Shop  

                 Monday: 12 to 5

      Tuesday: Closed
      Wednesday: Closed
      Thursday: 12 to 6
      Friday: 12 to 7
      Saturday: 12 to 6
      Sunday: 12 to 5

Email: devilkittyshop@gmail.com

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Polyester Books – 330 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

December 30, 2008

Polyester Books – “the world’s freakiest bookstore”.  

Aaah the memories of being a wee lass and seeing my first mind-boggling dose of counter culture for the first time:  realising that not only were subjects like street art, tattooing, fetishism, the occult and alternative music things that other people were interested in, but they were taken SERIOUSLY!  And people wrote BOOKS about them!  The jolly all round squee-ness of realising that there are communities open to dissenting views and that you can be educated about them… well, let’s just say it warms the cockles of this slightly more grown up and savvy heart.  

Polyester Books is indeed a paradise for the profane, a haven for the heretical, a counter cultural cornucopia.  As their website shows, the topics you can browse through at Polyester include:  Globalisation, Freaks and Tattoos, Mind Expansion, Satanic/Witchcraft/Magick, Pop culture, True Crime and ‘Weird Shit’.  Of course, this also means you can purchase from their website too, but a visit is definitely worth your while, what  with their charismatic staff, often great music selection and the ability to leaf through some of these titles to read and see with your own eyes what in fact they’re about before shelling out your hard earned or pressuring your open minded friends for a book on the UFOs that Ate Elvis. 

The best thing about Polyester Books – they’re totally dedicated to supporting counterculture: so much so that they’ve worn 2 brushes with the law and seizures of property because the books they import are sometimes considered rather.naughty.indeed.  And that from Norwegian Black Metal to Zombie Skinheads:  they’ve really got books on absolutely everything kinda kooky at Polyester.  Including some great local and import Zines. 

The worst thing about Polyester Books:  they should be open later – I guess there’s always the interwebs, but if this were Greenwich Village they’d be open until 4am: sometimes you don’t really want to read about satanic bondage in the whitehouse until after 1am, y’know.  seriously. 

Details in their sig above. Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 11am-8pm.  

Subscribe to their mailing list through the website.

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Holy Double Auditory Pleasure, Batman! A Polyester Records Sale!

January 14, 2008

 

What the world needs now is independent music, sweet independent music.  And Polyester Records on Brunswick Street has always been instrumental in mapping Melbourne’s musical landscape, supporting both local favourites and obscure internationals for years.  Polyester is the type of record store where the staff are still allowed to put their own recommendations on the wall: and what’s more, it’s the kind of store where you might even trust their judgement! As well as new releases and obscurities Polyester sell a great range of indie pop, reggae, hip hop, electro-rock, soundtracks, wrong-disco, pop-punk,  alt.nu.folk  and of course the retrorespectables like Iggie Pop, The Who, The Smiths, Jesus and Mary Chain and more.  Lots more information about Polyester is available on their website including charts, reviews, gig tickets and more. 

In recent weeks Polyester have nearly counted themselves out of an Underground Melbourne rating by **BECOMING A CHAIN STORE** “Noooooooooooooooo” I hear you wail.  Well, at least if they become a chain store they’re going to be a damn fine quality one – or they will be as long as we keep buying the good stuff!  With that in mind, you are encouraged to visit their new store in Flinders Lane, near Elizabeth street and Degraves Lane. It’s looking pretty shiny for an indie record store at the moment, so it’s essential to make a visit and help take some shine off the waxed floor and give the city the same pop-postered home away from home feel that the Brunswick Street store has in spades! 

In fact, so keen are Polyester for you to drop by, that they’re having an INCENTIVE OFFER  until the 20th of January 2008!!!! If you spend $80 on music you’ll get a $10 voucher. It’s available in the city and at the Brunswick street store, but only applies to music: don’t think you can be sneaky and attempt to use it to by gig tickets… 

Best thing  about Polyester 1 and Polyester 2:   good, solid range of stock in indie new releases.  letting their staff pick the music on the charts or even to have their own chart.  hiring music lovers as staff – it’s nice to have someone enthusiastic and /or knowlegeable helping dissuade you from buying that “ironic” Donny Osmond remix album and to take home some nice P J Harvey instead…

The downside: the range of 7″es is a bit limited – but they do offer to order things in for you.  The new shop needs the shiny newness scuffed and loitered out of it, so make your way in and mooch about in your improbably large boots. There are always too many interesting releases.  The experimental section is pretty small to nonexistent which is definitely a shame but experimental is a frisky can of worms, and perhaps they’re wise to steer clear.

Trivia: Chris who co-owns Polyester has put out a board game called ‘World Domination’!  Apparently you can buy it instore. I’m not sure if it’s available for $10 off though…

Details:POLYESTER RECORDS – CITY288 Flinders Lane, Melbourne(03) 9663 8696You can find the City store between Degraves and Elizabeth StreetsPOLYESTER RECORDS – FITZROY387 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy(03) 9419 5137You can find the Fitzroy store opposite Vegie Bar on Brunswick Street. The 112 trams stops right outside the store.Opening Hours – Fitzroy StoreMon & Tues 10am-9pmWed to Sat 10am-10pmSun 10am-9pmOpening Hours – City StoreMonday to Thursday: 10am – 6pmFriday: 10am – 8pmSaturday: 10am – 6pmSunday: 11am – 5pm  

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Lucrezia and De Sade – Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

January 8, 2008

  

One of Melbourne’s more hidden boutiques stocking locally artisan made wares is Lucrezia and De Sade.  Now there may be a very good reason why the good L and D people keep it a little more discreet: that is because the wares made, many on premises, are of a particular nature.  That is to say, to put it a little more plainly,  Lucrezia and De Sade is Melbourne’s most artistic and stylish fetish shop.   Named after Lucretia Borgia and the notedly kinky Marquis De Sade, it’s a perfect name for such a stylish yet unashamedly perverse emporium.  

The wonderful things about Lucrezia and De Sade are multiple. Number one is their sense of humour.  Their window displays never fail to amuse or at least intrigue: and their Christmas displays are more essential than the Myer Christmas window any day… they visualise what many of us have wished on Santa when the credit card bills come in! 

Number two is the quality of their merchandise.  Whether you’re there to buy something seriously imposing for your normal fetishy life or whether you just want a dress up for a fancy dress party or some goth-style couture, you could do a lot worse than investing in some of the hand made pieces here.  They do nurse and police outfits (in pvc, mostly), they have cuffs, collars and gauntlets worn as much by goths and death metal bands as fetish types, they have some sexy goth cross over clothes and then there are of course all manner of fetish pieces and props.   The clothing and accessories are well stitched and seems to be made of good quality materials.  I’m not as sure about the serious goods, but from a cursory shelf glance they do seem sturdy and shiny.  I’m sure that’s a plus. They also can modify or make custom items and can work in metal, leather, pvc and more – they’re really quite clever. 

Number three: their website.  I encourage anyone to take a look at their retail store, but if you’d rather shop online and stay shy, they’ve got a full ordering system there for you. How considerate!  

 The best things: beautiful metal gauntlets and leather gloves.  Being loud and proudly a fetish shop with an emphasis on using quality materials and making beautiful objects with care.  Surviving for years with a loyal clientele in a decidedly subcultural market.

  The downside:  I don’t think I’m qualified to comment about some of their goods – but they do look very well made anyway.

 Details:441 Brunswick Street Fitzroy 3065 Victoria Australia
Phone: + 61 3 9416 3826Fax: + 61 3 9416 0947
Email: shop@lucreziadesade.com.au   

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Circa Vintage Clothing – Gertrude Street

December 29, 2007

Circa Vintage Clothing  

What was once somewhat of a secret for Melbourne vintage lovers is now swiftly riding the information autobahn – the word is out about Circa Vintage not only in Melbourne but amongst illustrious international types.  Nevertheless, I will assume there are still some poor deprived souls who love individual couture and all things retrospective and classic but haven’t heard of this most cool and cultivated of couture emporia. 

  Nestled away in South Fitzroy (yes, there is such a postcode) on Gertrude Street, just up from Brunswick Street, Circa is unashamedly a specialist shop.  Unlike your Retrostar/Revival type shops, it’s not a grab bag of oldish sellables, it’s a cultivated collection of wardrobe highlights  from the turn of the century to (roughly) the sixties.  Nicole Jenkins, the owner, is very well versed in the history of the frock and suit, and has handpicked everything from skirts, ballroom gowns, shoes, gloves, waistcoats, hats… etc etc.  You’ll find deco to victorian, mod to tasteful repro and much more.  Jewellery, cards, accessories oh goodness I can’t keep going it’s just a trip you’ll have to make for yourself.  What you will definitely find is a kick in the behind re: contemporary design – it’s difficult to avoid coming to the conclusion that 50 years ago attention to detail and fabric quality was – excuse the pun – a cut above what we accept these days.  Most items seem to be lined, lots of nice individual or matching buttons, beautifully finished seams etc etc.  Worth a look even if you don’t end up buying anything, just to remind yourself what it was like to have clothes made properly and casts even more doubt on buying new off shore sweat shop made clothing. 

  The best thing about Circa: well, basically it’s just that it’s Circa – as an entity or phenomenon.  Fantastically unique and anachronistic, stepping into Circa is like stepping into some 40s glamour movie. The staff are always amazingly dressed, the music is usually period-related, the lighting, furnishings: pretty much everything is in keeping with the vintage theme.  No wonder Dita Von Teese dropped in here on her way through town a year or 2 ago. 

  The second best thing about Circa:  unlike most vintage places around and on the ‘net, Circa caters for the Vintage Gentleman.  A fair amount of actual old things – including ties and braces –  but also some excellent repro to match the old things: Circa does the classy gent all manner of justice.  

  The downside: well, it’s not a downside but consider it a caveat.  While everything is reasonably priced for what it is, and some lovingly restored to former glory when brought into the hands of Nicole Jenkins: Circa is not a bargain basement.  Don’t go there expecting to find something you know is worth $500 for $5.  Go there to find quality vintage at a price that is reasonable but worthy of what it is.   Certainly you won’t find contemporary gowns with a similar fabric and design quality for less – probably much more – so remember what you’re paying for.

 Circa Website

Fabulous vintage for fabulous people.Shop 1, 102 Gertrude StreetFitzroy, Victoria 3065Australia

Phone : 03 9419 8899 Fax : 03 9415 6765

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday11am to 6pm or by appointment.  

Summer opening hours:

For the month of January, we’ll be open just three days a week, but available by appointment at other times (please call 9419 8899 to arrange).

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Closed

Wednesday – Closed

Thursday – 11am to 6pm

Friday – 11am to 6pm

Saturday – 11am to 6pm

Sunday – Closed 

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