THE Bendigo Art Gallery will play host to a kaleidoscope of colour as part of the upcoming Modern Love exhibition.
The exhibition featues works by influential fashion designers including Vivienne Westwood, Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen and Oscar de la Renta.
Modern Love is the first international touring exhibition from Los Angeles' FIDM Museum and will be on show at the Bendigo Art Gallery from Saturday.
The gallery was abuzz with activity on Monday morning during a visit from Melbourne-based designer Toni Maticevski who's neoprene dress features in the travelling exhibition.
Senior curator Leanne Fitzgibbon said it was great to have Maticevski's guidance while dressing the mannequin.
"His piece is simple yet complex," she said.
"So to have his guidance was vital.
"Particularly, too, because the work has been acquired by FIDM museum in LA so for them to meet the designer was important because they'll be dressing it again when they exhibit it elsewhere so they need to know exactly how he likes it to be handled.
"It's a very sculptural piece so it's good to have his input at this stage."
Modern Love reflects fashion in a contemporary world with workings ranging from haute couture designs such as museum commission Alexander McQueen gowns to t-shirts, Adidas high top runners to shoes worn by Samantha Jones in Sex in the City.
Ms Fitzgibbon said it was amazing to watch everything come together.
"We should be finished with the installation by Wednesday," she said.
"It's pretty intense.
"Obviously in the months leading up to the show it's very, very busy behind the scenes.
"We're only a small team so it really puts the pressure on but it's worth it."
Beginning with a single 1974 ‘punk’ work by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McClaren to signpost the exhibition, Modern Love focuses on almost 60 works from the post-punk period from the 1980s to the new millennium.