A visit to Loel Thomson’s Costume Collection

An evening visit to Loel Thomson’s amazing collection of period dress has been organised for next month:

What: The Costume Collection, talk and tour.
When: Thursday 16th February, 2012 – 6pm – 8pm.
Where: 39 Greenaway Street, Bulleen.
Cost: $5 which Loel donates to a local nursing home.
Bookings: call Circa on 9419 8899.

Loel is a private collector who has dedicated her time and resources to the collection, preservation and display of over two hundred years of Australian fashion. Many of her pieces were included in my book Love Vintage.

I’m sure that she has the best collection of Australian fashion in the country, as well as jewellery, accessories and lace. There’s also an impressive tea cosy collection!

Here’s a pic that I took at a previous visit – Loel uses vintage mannequins and styles the hair according to the date of the clothing.

Regency era – 1820s.

For those who are interested in social history, the history of fashion or just beautiful clothes, I thoroughly recommend this visit. Numbers are limited and RSVP is essential. Please call the shop on 9419 8899, if you get the answering machine, please leave your name, phone number and how many people you would like to book.

Hope to see you there!

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5 comments

  1. hello there, just wondering if you have any costumes in the 1912 era ? or if you know of anyone that does.. thanks sue

  2. Great to see you posting on this, I have had her details for a long time, and it is good to see what she has, will try and get there, if I possibly can. Thanks Nicole!

  3. Hello Loel,

    My name is Helen Jenkin. I am the Convenor of Social outings for the Knox Life Activities Club. A group of our ladies visited your display a number of years ago and were amazed and delighted with the items we saw.
    I would like to re-visit next year with a group of senior ladies. I am currently preparing my programme for Jan. Feb. and March. Is it possible for us to come on Monday, 19th March?
    I would be delighted if you could reply either by e-mail or phone me on
    9729 1151.

  4. Hi Helen, apologies but you’ve come through to me, not Loel. You can phone her direct on (03) 9852 1794 and I’m sure she can advise availability. Thank you.

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