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A Guide to Artful Self-Styling


WHEN close friends Vivienne Gidakos and Robert Bonomy pose for a photo at a black-tie gallery gala, it can be hard to tell the difference between the people and the art. It might be a headpiece with gold branches growing from it, or a custom-made tuxedo that has the texture of an oil painting; ‘dressing for the occasion’ is an understatement when it comes to this Melbourne-based duo. Their creative vision and meticulous attention to detail means every outfit is an opportunity to tell a story, and one that reminds us of the essential role fashion plays in enriching visual culture. Their secret? Do your research, follow your creative intuition, and don’t rely on a stylist. After all, nobody knows how you should dress to express your personality better than you. 

If styling is a creative discipline like painting or photography, consider this pair masters of their artform. Not a single silhouette, texture or detail is overlooked in their outfits, and their ability to interpret the mood, atmosphere, or theme of an event with their own unique flair is something you can’t pay a stylist to do for you. They always start with the event itself, which provides the initial ‘spark of inspiration’ and inspires them to consider ways to reference its theme or mood in the outfit they curate. If we’re talking fashion week, for example, you can expect to see Gidakos and Bonomy explore a more ‘streetstyle’ aesthetic in their looks. If it’s a gala or a black-tie event, the emphasis is on glamour and finesse. They are a photographer’s dream guests to shoot at an event, and this approach to outfit theming is part of the reason. 

It’s always important to START with a piece that FEELS AMAZING to wear

“I usually start

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  • March 8, 2023