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[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…

The Bold and the Beautiful

Here in Melbourne we’ve just had the biggest fancy dress party of the year – if you guessed the Melbourne Cup, well done! Well I was younger I used to be dismayed at the wild and wacky costumes of racegoers but now that I’m older I understand that Derby Day is for classic racewear and the first Tuesday in November is when we can all cut loose and make a statement with bold colours, out there accessories and wave the flag for fantastic! I look forward to seeing people of all ages express themselves creatively with fashion and get their…

[Pics] Jenny Bannister Retrospective fashion parade

So last night Tim and I went to see the Jenny Bannister fashion parade – and it was fantastic. Light, colour, movement, excitement, texture. Sexy and fun and inspiring. A lot of leather. It’s filled me with wonder for her ’80s fashions which (if you know me) takes some doing because I remember the ’80s all too well and most of it wasn’t very interesting. Jenny is different though, she’s the rock chick of Aus fashion. Her models cut up the catwalk to an incredible soundtrack by DJ Viva L’Amour covering the years of the fashion and dressed devastatingly by…

[Event] Jenny Bannister Retrospective: fashion parade and art auction

This Tuesday Philip Boon is hosting a retrospective of iconic Australian designer Jenny Bannister to raise funds for the Prahran Mission. A fashion parade of over 60 of her incredible outfits from the ’70s-’90s, plus an art auction of works by internationally known artists inspired by Jenny’s illustrious career will be auctioned for a good cause. With a very special surprise musical performance by the Chantoozies! It’s sure to be a night to remember. Jenny’s fashion in Vogue magazine, source Sarah Kempson. What: Philip Boon Presents: Jenny Bannister When: 7pm Tuesday 20th May. Where: Where: Deutscher & Hackett, 105 Commercial…

New York City Easter Parade

I love this! Apparently there is an American tradition to dress up in your finest, adorn yourself with a special hat and stroll down the main drag on Easter Sunday. I had no idea – the best place to do it is New York city where they close Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets to traffic and hundreds (thousands?) partake in the informal religion-free Easter Parade which runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. What a wonderful idea and incentive to frock up – here are some pics from this week’s event. Photo source NY Mag – more can…

Fashion Parade for the Australian Sewing Guild

A little while ago we put on a fashion parade for the Australian Sewing Guild – this one was a little different to our usual formats, for a specialised audience and we combined the parade with my popular talk on ladies fashions of the ’20s to the ’70s. Instead of me just standing up the front and showing dresses, the dresses were worn by models, who strolled around and let the audience touch the fabrics and see them up close. It was a great success and I loved the opportunity to focus more on the fabrics, the construction techniques and…

Dressed for Murder: Fashions from the world of Alfred Hitchcock

What: Charlotte Smith presents a talk and catwalk parade of classic Hollywood vintage couture from The Darnell Collection, of the ’50s and ’60s. When: Saturday 3rd September 4.00-5.30pm Where: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne. Cost: $21.50, $19.50 concession Bookings available click here to book online Glamorous movie stars, jetset locations and fashions in the 50s and 60s will set the scene for a presentation on – and catwalk parade of – classic Hollywood vintage couture from The Darnell Collection, the subject of Charlotte Smith’s two fascinating autobiographical books, Dreaming of Chanel and Dreaming of Dior. Elegant daywear and sumptuous evening…

Pics! Melbourne Vintage Clothing Show – Circa fashion parade

As you know, on Saturday Circa held a vintage fashion parade at the Melbourne Vintage Clothing Show. The room was packed – I didn’t want to obstruct anyone’s view so these pics are taken down the side…hence the sometimes unflattering angles… This is part one of my Melb Vintage Clothing Show, a second post will follow and also an edited video where you can see the front of the frocks. Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who helped make the event happen – The fabulous Master of Ceremonies: Andrew McClelland. The wonderful models: Candice, Kylie, Prue, Alex, Fiona, Eszter, Becky,…

Vintage Fashion Parade – Love Vintage Fair

What: Circa Vintage Clothing fashion parade of garments from the 1920s to the 1970s When: 12.30pm Saturday May 28th Where: Exhibition Hall, Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale. Cost: free with entry to the fair. Today I’m selecting garments for the fashion parade, and all this week I’ll be doing model fittings. Ideally, we’ll have eight models with three outfits each, making a total of 24 outfits. I’d like to dress ladies of different sizes so have picked out a wide range of styles including swimwear, a WW2 red cross nurse’s uniform and a Zandra Rhodes punk outfit. This will be the…

Model fittings for “Dreaming of Chanel” parade.

This week and next I’m doing model fittings for the salon style fashion parade that’s on next week at Cranlana – a rare chance to see couture from the Darnell Collection. Here are some quick shots from the fittings of models Candice, Fiona, Eszter and Penny. On the day, each will be fully accessorised for the parade. These frocks are all from the ’50s and ’60s but there will be outfits from a variety of eras. As always, click on each to see in full – I didn’t really cut off their heads! If you’d like to come to the…