We’re so proud that Claudia Chan Shaw’s exquisite wedding gown has been selected to be a part of the exhibition Love is: Australian Wedding Fashion, at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney. The exhibition features more than 50 wedding outfits plus accessories covering nearly 200 years of Australian weddings. Vivian and Claudia Chan Shaw jointly designed the hand loomed knit gown, which is white with black alencon lace applique. Jet beads and Swarovski crystals adorn the gown, which took Vivian 3 months to hand bead. Claudia married Stewart White in Sydney in 1993. Drop in to see all of the exquisite gowns. On now until 22 April 2018.
Vivian Chan Shaw – 40 Years/A Retrospective is now on show at Tamworth Regional Gallery, Peel Street Tamworth. http://www.tamworthregionalgallery.com.au/
The exhibition explores four decades of the work of celebrated Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw, from 1972 – today. It traces garments starting from the first collections, designed in fabric in the 1970s, and follows the transition to the unique hand loomed knitwear, for which Vivian Chan Shaw has a global reputation. Fifty milestone garments are on show, including signature appliqué and hand beaded gowns from the 1980s; a magnificent knitted wedding gown created in 1993 for Claudia Chan Shaw (now in the collection of The Powerhouse Museum), to exquisite hand made jewellery from the current collections.
In a world of fast and disposable fashion, this exhibition demonstrates the skill and inventiveness of this ingenious Australian designer. Visitors to the exhibition will see the earliest examples of Vivian Chan Shaw’s work – elaborate pieces made in fabric, and the evolution of the artisan hand loomed knit garments, where the boundaries of craft and fashion are blurred.
Vivian Chan Shaw was one of Australia’s ground breaking early fashion exporters, selling her designs in the USA from as early as 1981. Iconic American stores Bonwit Teller, Neiman Marcus, I Magnin, Nordstrom and independent boutiques in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles all stocked the distinctive Australian label. Chan Shaw designs have also sold in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand. In 2009 Vivian won the Fashion Group International Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her work and her contribution to the Australian fashion industry.
Vivian Chan Shaw – 40 Years, A Retrospective will be on display until Saturday 4 June 2016 at Tamworth Regional Gallery; 466 Peel Street Tamworth. Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm. Saturday 10am – 4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Vivian’s latest collection of jade necklaces is inspired by the sublimely beautiful work of Chinese-Australian artist Ah Xian. Claudia interviewed Ah Xian earlier this year at the Art Gallery of NSW. He is renowned for his serene busts. Pictured is one of the artworks made from jade. We just love the gentle, silent grace of his work. Vivian’s new timeless jade necklaces are elegant and simple. Pure perfection.
Vivian Chan Shaw has just celebrated her 80th birthday. After a lifetime of creating gorgeous handmade knitwear Vivian thinks that it’s now time to pull back a little. She started the label 42 years ago and we have decided after 28 years in the QVB that we will not renew our lease there.
While you’ll no longer be greeted by our smiling faces, you can still shop with us online where you’ll be able to buy a selection of Vivian Chan Shaw knitwear plus the full range of jewellery.
It’s exciting! We’re just putting the finishing touches on our online boutique, which will carry a range of knits and jewels which you can purchase and pop in your “shopping cart”. However, our made to order service will no longer be offered.
So if you’ve been thinking about that special outfit you saw last week, or need that exquisite necklace, hurry in to our QVB store and take home a Vivian Chan Shaw design before we close the doors.
Our last day of trade in the QVB will be Saturday 15 November 2014.
But our journey continues online………
Watch this space! The online boutique is on the way!
See you soon!
Vivian and Claudia
Vivian Chan Shaw. Shop 33, Level One, Queen Victoria Building, George Street Sydney 2000. Tel (02) 9264 3019.
Vivian Chan Shaw joins the Harper’s Bazaar Hall of Fame in “Australian Style” a glossy and glamorous celebration of fashion and quintessential Australian Design.
SBS World News Australia story on Vivian Chan Shaw 40 Year Retrospective exhibition at the Whitehouse Institute of Design.