From 1920s

Lucy Secor

I’ve wanted to write about Lucy Secor for ages because every garment I’ve seen from this Melbourne label has been exceptionally well made. It’s nice to see that I’m not the only one who thinks they’re special – items can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. This lovely gown has just arrived in the shop – providing the perfect excuse for a little investigating. 1940s evening gown with beaded bodice and draped skirt. Now available online and in the Melbourne salon. Lucy Secor was a fashion label that opened…

The Grand Tour 2015

So, yes, holiday! Tim and I have just returned from five weeks in Europe where we visited many cultural sites in Italy, France and the UK. A highlight of course was the opportunity to see some wonderful fashion exhibitions and I thought you might like to hear about them too – because even if you’re not able to visit them in person, they all have books and merchandise you can order online and they’ll send them to you. Ah, the wonders of the modern world. Plus there are many images online too, if you’d like to see more. First up…

[Wangaratta] Talk on 1910-1920s ladies fashions

Hi all! This Saturday, join me at Wangaratta (one of my favourite towns) for a talk on fashions from 1910 to 1929. This is the first time I’ve presented this event, and I’ve acquired several lovely authentic pieces for the event. There’s a lot of change in fashion and technology during these two decades so it should prove to be very interesting, with themes including WW1 and the Wall St crash. What: Talk on fashions of 1910s and 1920s. When: 1-2pm, Saturday 9th May 2015 Where: Wangaratta library, 21 Docker St Wangaratta Cost: gold coin donation Bookings essential: call (03)…

[Ballarat] Heritage Weekend

Hello! I’ve just returned from a glorious five week holiday in Europe – here some instagrammed highlights including (shock horror) a change of haircolour. Yes, that’s right, no longer pink. I’m going to have to update my user pic – it’s also grown a lot longer, almost down to my shoulders so I can start styling ’40s dos again. Hurrah! I’ve missed my curls. There’s a lot going on at the moment so brace yourself for a few quick blog posts about upcoming events – here’s the first one, on this weekend! Wish I could make it but I’ll be…

Made in China

In these modern times of off-shored manufacturing, most of our fashions are made in China. The wages are lower there, with less worker protections meaning that here in Australia (and other Western countries) we can benefit from the reductions in retail price and have more of what we want. Sadly, it’s resulted in a culture that values cheapness over all: quantity, not quality. The term “Made in China” has become a by-word for poorly made, but the factories of China are no different to anywhere else: it’s not that they aren’t capable of making good products, it’s that they’re not…

[Talk] Art Deco Fashion Afternoon: Vintage Glamour Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion

If you haven’t yet seen the fabulous NGV exhibition on Deco fashion and Edward Steichen photographs, allow me to offer you an additional enticement – I’m presenting a talk on Deco fashion at the NGV: Join us for an afternoon in the exhibition as we take a closer look at fashionable aspects of the ’20s and ’30s, including hats, shoes and jewellery. Hosted by Paola di Trocchio, exhibition co-curator and Assistant Curator, International Fashion & Textiles. Speakers include Theo Hasset, bespoke shoemaker; Richard Nylon, Milliner; Nicole Jenkins, fashion historian, retailer & author; Anne Schofield, jewellery specialist and collector. What: Art…

[Exhibition] Miss Fisher’s Costumes at Rippon Lea

I saw this exhibition some time ago and have been remiss in alerting you – so apologies for the delay, it’s finishing soon. No photos of my own to show you (strictly forbidden) but I can assure it’s well worth seeing, if you’re enjoying the fabulous costumes of the TV series or love ’20s style. Plus: Rippon Lea is a beautiful place and always worth a visit. What: Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition When: daily until Sunday December 1, 2013. Open 10.30am – 4.30pm (Last admission is at 4pm) Where: Rippon Lea House & Gardens, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick…

Fashion in half-mourning

Yesterday I listed a beautiful 1920s silk velvet coat of purple velvet with grey silk lining on the webshop. The quality was self-evident: the lushness of the fabric, the generosity of the cut, the detail in the construction. The silk lining is unbelievably soft: more luxurious than any modern silk. The original label was inside and also, spoke of quality. This exceptional piece sold quickly and prior to packing her up and sending her to her new home, I did a little googling about the maker. We all know that Regent St in London is one of the best shopping…

Pics from the Edward Steichen Deco fashion exhibition at the NGV

So last night Tim and I went to the opening of the new fashion and photography exhibition at the NGV. Here are some pics – I wish I’d taken some of the fabulously dressed people though! You should have seen Richard Nylon in his two toned lace up stiletto boots or Fashion Hayley in her bold black and white striped dress: but the social photographers will hopefully make up for it. We’re so lucky in Melbourne to have so many brilliant creative dressers. In the meantime, here are some frocks and coats. If these don’t convince you to see it…

[Talk] Edward Steichen and Art Deco Fashion at the NGV

This Friday the new exhibition of Edward Steichen photography and Art Deco fashion opens at the NGV – the following day they’re running a number of fun programmes includinga film, tour, charleston lessons and a panel discussion about the exhibition and I’m on the panel! From the NGV’s site: Join us as we explore the innovative and glamorous fashion photography of Edward Steichen, as well as art deco fashion from the 1920s and 1930s. Keynote: William A Ewing, independent curator, formerly director of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, and specialist in the history of fashion photography; Todd Brandow, Executive…