There are many good things that come from Melbourne; incomparable coffee brew, Lune croissants and some of the best kept secrets in vintage shopping.  Melbourne is also where some of our country's most influential fashion trailblazers have hailed; paving the way for the southern city to become the fashion destination it is now celebrated for. A new exhibition opening at Melbourne Museum in March is celebrating these fierce identities; six fashion people heard 'you can't' and showed that they could.

In collaboration with Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, 'You Can't Do That' will share the stories of  models and designers; Stella Dare, Prue Acton, Lois Briggs, Jenny Bannister, Christopher Graf and Andreja Pejić, highlighting how they turned opposition into opportunity. From Stella Dare's lavish suits that broke away from war austerity in the 1950s, to Andreja Pejić's journey to a transgender supermodel.

The Melbourne exhibition celebrating fashion’s boundary breakers

"'You Can't Do That' shines a spotlight on six influential figures who've created memorable fashion moments through the decades, starting in the 1950s and incorporating a remarkable story of today," explained Michael Reason, curator at Museums Victoria. The exhibition will showcase original garments from designers, archival footage from catwalks and iconic artefacts that shaped the direction of each identity.

You Can't Do That is at Melbourne Museum in collaboration with Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival from March 2, 2018 - July 15, 2018. Tickets available here

The Melbourne exhibition celebrating fashion’s boundary breakers