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Louis Kahan - Art, Theatre and Fashion


Sat 27 Aug 2016, 6:00pm–11:00pm
Sun 23 Oct 2016, 6:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Town Hall Gallery, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

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  • Admission: Free
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Listed by: ZillaandB

A never seen before exhibition will come to Town Hall Gallery this 27 August, showcasing works by prominent Australian-based artist Louis Kahan. Kahan is well known for his work as a portrait artist and painter, however this is the first time his work as a fashion illustrator and theatre designer is highlighted. The exhibition, titled Louis Kahan: Art, Theatre and Fashion will tell the little-known story of his work with the great fashion houses and celebrities of early 20th century Europe.

Born into a family of master tailors in Vienna, before moving to Australia, Louis Kahan was drawn to incorporating art and tailoring from an early age. His lengthy career spans the 20th century, starting in Paris with the renowned couturier Paul Poiret where Kahan was soon made the house designer. Kahan collaborated with many leading artists of the day, including Matisse, Derain, Dufy and Vlaminck, among others. He created costumes for the acclaimed entertainer Josephine Baker and also designed costumes for the historic Théâtre du Gymnase and the Folies Bergère cabaret.

In the 1990s Kahan began to explore his tailoring past in his paintings. In Australia Kahan contributed to a vibrant post-war arts scene where his training in art and tailoring in early 20th century Vienna and Paris influenced his later work. Previous exhibitions have focused on Kahan’s work as a portrait artist and painter, until now, none have explored his work as a tailor, fashion illustrator and theatre designer and how these strands of his artistic output have meshed with his more formal work as a painter.