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AM/PM sessions
Saturday 21 April 2018

Image courtesy of MAAS, Dr Gene Sherman's notebook of Japanese Fashion Collection

10 AM – 11 AM
Honmono: Genuine Article

Collector of Japanese fashion Dr Gene Sherman is joined by Octavius La Rosa (Dot Comme) and Sebastian Suppel (Aoyama Archive) to discuss the allure of Japanese aesthetic and their passionate engagement in collecting. Exploring the groundbreaking emergence of Kawakubo, Miyake and Yamamoto, our three panelists will seek to identify the unique essence of Japanese design, and the way in which its qualities speak to them as individuals. Our panelists will look to the future of Japanese fashion and how subsequent generations of avant-garde designers have emerged from an established aesthetic, now maintaining an intrinsic sensibility as contemporary Japanese creatives.


Booking Information

Morning session (Ticket 1) is free upon attendance, but bookings are essential. If you book and do not attend, a $50 payment per ticket will be processed as a donation to SCCI.

Please read the Ticketing Policy & Terms & Conditions below prior to booking.

To book, please call Daisy on +61 (02) 9357 0713 between 10 AM - 6 PM, Monday to Friday, or email

Places are extremely limited.


Two sessions booked together as one ticket. Afternoon tea is provided.

Session 1
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM  

The Darnell Collection was formed in the United States by Doris Darnell, a quaker with a keen eye for vintage fashion and the stories embodied within its rich heritage. The diverse collection originated from humble beginnings – donations of the local community collected by Doris through her work as a librarian in Philadelphia. Comprising outstanding pieces spanning the 19th to 20th century, including the great couture houses Dior, CHANEL and Vionnet, the Darnell Collection also holds the unique personal treasures of many donors, such as handmade gowns and wedding dresses replete with history. Inheritor and custodian of The Darnell Collection, Charlotte Smith, explores the origins, growth and curation of her Godmother’s collection.


Afternoon Tea

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM


Session 2
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Over the past 14 years, Doris Darnell’s personal collection has been broadened and carefully shaped by her goddaughter, Charlotte. The collection now includes more than 8000 pieces, featuring some of Australia’s most eminent designers of the 20th Century. Charlotte discusses how the collection has changed and informed her life, and how the two distinct chapters in the history of the collection reflect each of the two women at its helm. Exploring her most recent acquisitions and forthcoming projects, Charlotte will introduce her vision for the future of the largest privately owned textile collection in the southern hemisphere, acknowledged as one of the ten significant private fashion collections in the world.


Booking Information

Afternoon sessions (Ticket 2) are free upon attendance, but bookings are essential. If you book and do not attend, a $60 payment per ticket will be processed as a donation to SCCI. Please read the Ticketing Policy & Terms & Conditions below prior to booking.

To book, please call Daisy on +61 (02) 9357 0713 between 10 AM - 6 PM, Monday to Friday, or email Places are extremely limited.



In line with our philanthropic vision, our ticketing policy is, we believe, unique. Capacity is very limited in SCCI’s main venue (20 Goodhope St, Paddington) and our aim is to encourage a full house at every event, and the best possible ambience for presenters and audience.

To this end, many SCCI events indicate a ticket price but are free upon attendance. If you book for this event and do not attend, your credit card will be charged the full ticket price, which will become a donation to SCCI to assist us in continuing our mission

Tickets are transferable, so if you are unable to attend, you may pass your ticket to another party. The other party must present your booking confirmation email so that your name may be checked off upon their arrival. If that party fails to attend and present your booking email, you will be charged as per our policy for non attendance.

Your booking of a place indicates your acceptance of this policy. No exceptions can be made.

Saturday 21 April 2018
AM/PM sessions
SCCI 20 Goodhope St Paddington

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Sebastian Supel

Sebastian Supel is the founder of Aoyama Archive, a curated store paying homage to the first wave movement of Japanese fashion houses Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto. He studied Fashion Design, Applied Science (Textile Technology) and Business. Previously, Supel ran a curated store entitled Boroi, a collective of rare and obscure Japanese and Korean antiquities which delved deep into the wabi-sabi aesthetic. This project perfected the idea of curating as a form of art in itself. Being an avid collector and researcher of Japanese fashion for 10 years, it was only natural to form what is now known as Aoyama Archive. Supel appears in:

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith travels the world exploring fashion history and inspirational currents. She is curator of The Darnell Collection, one of ten significant private fashion collections in the world, her exhibitions and presentations bringing to life 250 years of fashion’s beguiling story. Smith authored the best-selling books Dreaming of Dior and Dreaming of Chanel. Her most recent book is One Enchanted Evening. Smith appears in:

Octavius La Rosa

Octavius La Rosa founded online shopping platform dot COMME and collects Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake and Walter Van Beirendonck. The collection presently consists of over 3500 pieces with a focus on Comme des Garcons, featuring key pieces from every collection since the 1970s and including over 20 sculptural art pieces from the recent Comme de Garçons runways. La Rosa started out selling pieces on ebay to fund the collection which evolved into dot COMME in 2012 and a store in Melbourne CBD a year later. He is currently opening another space for his collection in the Curtain House building. La Rosa appears in: