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Doing the block: fashionable Melbourne

Back in 1880, artist ST Gill captured the promenading fashionistas of early Melbourne in his sketch Doing the block, Collins Street.

Where do Melbourne's fashionable strut their stuff today, and does Collins Street still rate?

Award-winning journalist Jill Singer hosts a lively conversation on Melbourne's fashion scene with:

  • Christine Barro, owner of the boutique Christine
  • Lee Tulloch, author and fashion commentator
  • Amelia Coote, buyer for Melbourne's glamorous Le Louvre salon

This event was held at the State Library of Victoria on 3 September 2008, as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.