A Graduation and A Fashion Collection

The week before Christmas

my husband and I flew to

Melbourne for our son`s

Graduation .

This is one proud mother

with her clever, handsome son.

As someone from a small city,

the graduation ceremony was

quite the eyeopener.

RMIT University is one of

Australia`s largest and

on the  night there were

6000 graduates and

25,000 guests.

The ceremony was held

at the Etihad Sadium,

normally a football stadium.

The next day I was

fortunate to visit the

National Gallery of Victoria

for the Jean Paul Gaultier


The exhibition title of

The Fashion World of

Jean Paul Gaultier: From

the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

barely describes the vastness

of this collection.

Over 140 superbly crafted garments

were on show along with photographs,

sketches stage costumes, excerpts from

runway shows, film, television, concerts

and dance performances.

Needless to say my camera

was very busy and I have

included a few of my favourites.

The attention to detail

was stunning, I loved

the tule skirt with the 

leather and denim

and the ballet shoes.

Top Hat, The Surrealists Collection

Haute Couture 2006-2007

This ensenble, comprises a crocodile

and silk crepe tail jacket, wool crepe pants.

This evening gown was simply stunning,

a taffeta gown with leopard skin

created with about 32,000 beads

and rhinestone claws, it took 1600

hours to make.

You get a glimpse of some

of the magnificent headwear

on some of the models.

I will finish with this


Wishing everyone 

a Happy New Year.

Joining Patti at Visible Monday.



  1. Lisa
    December 29, 2014 / 7:54 am

    Hi, Jill.A big congratulations on your son's graduation. Have a lovely New Year!

    • Jill James
      December 30, 2014 / 1:39 am

      Thank you Lisa. May the New Year bring you much joy.

  2. Jessica Cangiano
    December 29, 2014 / 1:24 pm

    These fashions are undenyable awesome, but you know, it's your stunning black flower necklace that made me go weak in the knees most of all (for reals! :)). You excel at rocking black and white, dear Jill, and constantly inspire me when it comes to wearing that chic, classic combo (thank you!).Tons of hugs & the very happiest of New Year's wishes!♥ Jessica *PS* Massive congratulations to your son on his graduation!

    • Jill James
      December 30, 2014 / 1:44 am

      Glad you liked my black & white, a summer favourite of mine. Always lovely to hear from you.May your New Year be filled with happiness. X

  3. Patti
    December 29, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    Congratulations to your son! The exhibit is glorious, thanks for the pics. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, too, and happy new year! xo

    • Jill James
      December 30, 2014 / 1:50 am

      Thank you so much Patti, glad you enjoyed the pics, so glad I was able to see the exhibit.Once again my thanks for hosting Visible Monday.

  4. Anonymous
    December 29, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    Happy New Year and congratulations! Looks like a wonderful time.

    • Jill James
      December 30, 2014 / 1:52 am

      Thank you Joni, it was indeed a wonderful time, so pleased we could share it with Callum after all his hard work.

  5. Tiina L
    December 29, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    Congratulations, and Happy New Year!

    • Jill James
      December 30, 2014 / 1:53 am

      Thank you Tiina, all my best wishes to you for the New Year.

  6. Marea Dotz
    December 29, 2014 / 4:13 pm

    Congratulations on your son's graduation. My second son has one more year to go! Also, the pics of Gaultier exhibit are amazing. Wouldn't you love to dress that way? Those fabrics!!!!!

    • Jill James
      December 30, 2014 / 1:56 am

      Thank you Marea. The Gaultier exhibit was stunning, the garments and the workmanship that went into them andof course the fabrics and styling..

  7. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    December 29, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    How wonderful that you got to watch your son's graduation ceremony and visit the museum as well! I agree, Gaultier's couture is breathtaking, and I'm sure it was moreso in person.Thank you for sharing with us ;-)Aliciaspashionista.com

    • Jill James
      December 30, 2014 / 1:59 am

      We were so pleased we were able to spend the special day with our son. The fact that the exhibit was in Melbourne at the same time was a bonus for me, I usually only get to read about them, so I was so pleased to be able to share.

  8. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas
    December 30, 2014 / 12:24 am

    Congrats to your son!!! You both look so proud, and deservedly so! I am currently reading Phrynee Fisher mystery set in Melbourne…I love this series!

  9. Jill James
    December 30, 2014 / 2:02 am

    Thank you Sue, I too love the Phrynee Fisher mysteries. There is now a TV series set on the books, if it ever comes to Canada it is worth watching even only for the clothes, they are stunning.

  10. Natalia Lialina
    December 30, 2014 / 6:10 am

    I am so happy for you and your handsome and intelligent son! What a huge ceremony – I would probably feel lost there… How wonderful that you took the opportunity to visit this exhibit, it sounds truly amazing. I wish you a very happy New Year, dear Jill, and a lot of inspirations to create! xxx

    • Jill James
      January 3, 2015 / 4:21 am

      Wishing you a safe and happy New Year, Natalia.I must admit to being somewhat overwhelmed by the numbers but enjoyed it never the less. The exhibit was such a priveledge to see.

  11. Jan Graham-McMillen
    December 30, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Congratulations!!! How great for you all, Jilly! Know he'll do something spectacular with his life and continue to make you proud! Handsome guy, too! Clearly you had to be the most chic mum in the crowd. You look lovely in black and white! Wonderful necklace, too.Wish I'd been with you at the Gaultier exhibit. So much of what he's done has filtered back down to the streets and the likes of us, and back around again to where his inspirations originate. One of my faves!What a lovely way to end 2014 … Happy New Year to all of you!

  12. Jill James
    December 31, 2014 / 5:31 am

    Oh yes, you and would have had a ball, shame you are so far away. I agree even though much of his work is couture, design elements can be seen in so much.I hope my son finds a rewarding career, things pretty tight on the job front here so fingers crossed.Enjoy your New Year and thank you so much for all your support.

  13. Clairejustine oxox
    January 1, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Congratulations to your son. Oh wow what an amazing event..I want to go try the beautiful cream skirt on 🙂

    • Jill James
      January 3, 2015 / 4:22 am

      Thank you Clairejustine, everything was so stunning difficult to choose.

  14. Coco
    January 1, 2015 / 6:04 pm

    Congratulations! I'm stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year!!Baci,Coco et La vie en rose – Valeria Arizzi

    • Jill James
      January 3, 2015 / 4:24 am

      Thankyou Coco and all the very best to you for the New Year.

  15. Olga Rani
    January 2, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Congratulations on your son's graduation! What a lovely photo of you both sharing this happy moment. The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition is something that I would be glad to visit too.

    • Jill James
      January 3, 2015 / 4:26 am

      Thank you Olga, I was pleased with the shot of us together. The exhibit was an experience I would recommend to anyone. Happy New Year to you.

  16. dan
    January 4, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    You are a proud mother and are right. The graduation of a son is an Event, so, many congratulation to him ( and you )!!The photo of you two together is so sweet and you are elegant and beautiful. I love your simple top on the black dress and the gorgeous necklace…The exhibit surely was wonderful and very interesting ,,, thanks for sharing some photos!

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    February 28, 2015 / 10:38 am

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