Jennifer Hawkins a national fashion muse

JENNIFER Hawkins has been named an important muse in Australian fashion photography in a new exhibition at the State Library.

The story of Australian fashion photography is revealed in Flashback: 160 years of Australian Fashion Photos, which opens at the State Library of NSW on August 13.

The Holmesville-raised model is featured along with Australian catwalk pioneers June Dally Watkins and Maggie Tabberer, and a young Nicole Kidman.

The exhibition features 30 images, some dating back to the middle of the 19th century, sourced from the library’s collection.

Curator and State Library fashion expert Margot Riley said fashion photography began to expand and pick up pace as photographic processes advanced.

“Prior to the mid 1920s there were no professional fashion models in Australia so pretty society girls were used,” Ms Riley said.

“Each image represents a significant chapter in Australian fashion photography history.’’

Hawkins recently completed Myer’s spring/summer 2013 shoot in South Africa.

The store’s ambassadors, Hawkins, Kris Smith and Jessica Hart, modelled the latest collections by Australian designers and international labels against the backdrop of Sun City and the Pilanesberg National Park.

South Africa joined department store Myer to promote tourism and culture.

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