#LMFF The Spirit of the Black Dress ~ poem

In this weekend edition of BusiChic, we feature The Spirit of the Black Dress; an initiative which seeks to champion young emerging Australian designers and sustainable fashion.

BusiChic was inspired by the image below taken by Lou Pardi showing dresses by Leanne Dempsey, Cristina Tridente, Alex Trimmer and Melina Hollway amongst Melbourne’s memorable “Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch” statues. So we commissioned Melbourne poet, Sophie Curzon-Siggers to write a poem inspired by this image of the bronzed BusiMen and  The Spirit of the Black Dress, here is an excerpt:

Photo credit: Lou Pardi

The Spirit of the Black Dress

amidst modern flux

Melbourne’s founders

cut lunches still wrapped

in tarnished briefcases,

live their afterlife

through black dresses.

Sophie Curzon-Siggers, March 2011

The ten resulting eco-chic dresses are currently on display, free to the public, at The Trust – 405 Flinders Lane, Melbourne – from 12 noon until 6pm daily until March 22.

For more on the Spirit of the Black Dress, one of our favourite events part of L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) 2011, please click on the lovely illustration above.


  1. wonderful poem! See you around LMFF x

  2. Great post – lovely poem. It is very Melbourne 🙂
    I am so excited for your LMFF opportunities – you are amazing!

    • @Carlly Findlay – thank you Carly, we are big fans of Sophie’s work! And thank you kindly for your well-wishes!

      @Tullia – thank you and see you around LMFF!

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