Beach Couture: A Haute Mess

Beach Couture: A Haute Mess is an exhibition of wearable pieces made by artist Marina DeBris from objects and rubbish collected from Sydney & Los Angeles beaches. Originally launched at Waverley Council's Bondi Pavilion in 2016, the touring exhibition features original outfits from the Beach Couture collection as well as two series of photographs by Richard Flynn of Hannah Kat Jones modelling the outfits. 

Beach Couture makes visible, in grotesquely amusing fashion, the ever-growing problem of ocean pollution created in part by our contemporary reliance on single-use items. It also prompts reflection on the ability of materials to be transformed and reworked for new purposes, an area of growing interest and responsibility in the fashion industry.

About the Artist
Marina DeBris trained as a graphic designer at Rhode Island School of Design and became interested in the issue of marine pollution after moving from Bondi to Los Angeles. After initially collecting trash during her daily runs on Venice Beach to maintain its beauty, she began to turn the collection into art in hopes of drawing attention to the often overlooked contributors of beach pollution. Fuelled by her growing concern for the oceans health, Marina challenges her audience to question each individual’s own efforts in sustainability. Marina’s work has been exhibited both locally and overseas, and has attracted the recognition of many awards, including the Waverley Council Mayor’s Prize at Sculpture by the Sea.

Public programs

Fashion Conscious Tour

Tuesday 12 March
9.30am to 1.30pm

Meet at Manningham Art Gallery to tour the exhibition Beach Couture: A Haute Mess and enjoy a curator floor talk and morning tea. We then travel by bus to the Costume Collection in Bulleen for a private tour of this amazing collection exploring the social history of Australian Fashion. Join us for lunch afterwards in the Styling Suite at Westfield Doncaster.

Cost: $45
Limited tickets available.
Bookings essential - book online now.

Fashion Drawing Workshop

Thursday 14 March
6.00pm to 8.00pm

Led by an artist from the Manningham Art Studios, come and create a masterpiece inspired by the Beach Couture exhibition. Run in conjunction with Whitehorse Manningham Regional Libraries.

Cost: Free
Bookings essential. Call 9840 9367 to book. 

Above image: Marina DeBris, White Trash, from the series Beach Couture: A Haute Mess. Photographer: Richard Flynn/Model: Hannah Kat Jones/Hair: Erika Schmidt/Make Up: Lori Benson. Courtesy of the artist.

Wednesday 27 February 2019, 11.00 am to Saturday 30 March 2019, 5.00 pm
Manningham Art Gallery
687 Doncaster Road
Doncaster VIC 3108
Free entry
More Info

Manningham Art Gallery

Located at the entrance to MC Square, Manningham Art Gallery presents a diverse range of contemporary art exhibitions and related public programs throughout the year. See all upcoming exhibitions.

Gallery opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday
11.00am to 5.00pm

Phone number

03 9840 9367

Getting there

By car

Undercover parking available at MC Square

By bus

Manningham Civic Centre bus stop:

Bus route 907 City to Mitcham via Doncaster Rd
Bus route 902 Chelsea to Airport West
Bus route 295 Doncaster SC to The Pines SC via Templestowe