[Talk] Storytelling through ladies fashions of the 1920s and 1930s

Hi everyone,

An exciting event is coming up later this month – I’ll be presenting a talk with a difference as part of the Glen Eira Storytelling Festival. Here’s a little about the festival from their website:

For two weeks from 17 June, Glen Eira City Council will present a range of events that celebrate stories and those who tell them. From brunch with Elliot Perlman at the beautiful Rippon Lea House ballroom to the comics market and manga workshop in the Boyd Room at Carnegie Library, there are events to suit all age groups, budgets and interests.

You can see the full programme here.

My talk will be an interactive one: telling the stories of some of my favourite frocks of the ’20s and ’30s. I’ll be bringing several gowns including silk velvets, beaded silks and printed chiffons. Dresses are very personal and I’m looking forward to sharing their secrets with you.

It’s an honour to present in such beautiful surroundings as the Rippon Lea ballroom so I can’t resist showing you a pic – many movies have been filmed here, and in my ideal world it was where I wanted to get married (well, there and the Spiegeltent).

What: Storytelling through fashion with Nicole Jenkins
When: Saturday June 29th 11am
Where: The ballroom, Rippon Lea house, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick
Cost: $25 including morning tea
Bookings essentialbook here.
More information: see the website.

Here are some of the dresses featured in my book “Love Vintage” that I might bring along – all photos reproduced courtesy Tira Lewis.


  1. Hi Nicole,

    I’ve been to four or five weddings there over the years and it is a lovely venue. The stars you can faintly see on the ceiling are much more evident. I can recall pre-dinner drinks in the large hall outside but I have always been hoping that one day they will allow drinks by the 1930’s pool (made famous in a Miss Fisher episode) – that would really be fantastic.

  2. Wishing you all the best for this one, Nicole, I am sure it will be a success. A favourite place! They had The Great Gatsby play in the gardens years ago and it was amazing. I wish they would do it again!

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