Vintage in film and TV – and a contest

Over the last ten years, there’s a long list of film, theatre and TV productions that have utilised costumes and props from Circa. It’s one of the aspects of my work that pleases me the most – contributing in a small way to creative projects.

Since moving to the city in 2012 and focusing more on the webshop, this part of my business has increased a lot and I like to think that I’m making it easier for costumers around the country to find what they’re looking for. Here are a couple of recent works.

Anna in “A Place to Call Home” wore one of Circa’s ’50s gowns for her wedding.

Image source, reproduced courtesy Channel Seven.

The locally made science fiction/time traveller film “Predestination” featured many of our original pieces including several ’60s dresses in this scene.

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Costume Designer Wendy Cork was kind enough to name check Circa as a source in this interview about costuming the film – thanks Wendy!

Now I have something for you – we currently have two-for-one tickets to see the new Woody Allen film “Magic in the Moonlight”, set in 1920s south of France (and believe me, the eye candy is wonderful. It almost makes me miss summer). I’m including them in webshop orders but you can pick them up in the shop too.

Magic in the Moonlight with Colin Firth and Emma Stone.

Also, we have four double passes to the new Nick Cave film “20,000 Days on Earth”. If you’d like to win one, leave a comment on this blog post about your favourite Nick Cave, Bad Seeds, Birthday Party or Boys Next Door track. Contest closes midnight Saturday night, and winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!

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The shop will be closed next week so I can have a short break, and then I will be expanding the shop trading hours to Monday to Friday, 10am to 5.30pm.

You’re welcome to come and visit me any time during these hours for browsing but I encourage appointments if you’re making a special trip or require advice, as I’ll need to fit all my other commitments into them and will sometimes be closed.

This change will mean that I can list more items online, with a wider variety including more accessories and menswear. Anything purchased online can be returned for a refund for any reason, so there’s no risk if you can’t come and try it on.

My book on demystifying fashion, “Style is Eternal” is now available for pre-order from Melbourne University Publishing at a 10% discount and will be released on December 1st. Can’t wait! Hopefully there will be a book launch.

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Don’t forget to leave a comment so you can see the Nick Cave film!


  1. My favourite Nick Cave song would have to be ‘The Ship Song’….because it was our first dance at our wedding, such a beautiful song.

  2. The Mercy seat was the first Nick Cave song I fell in love with. Such raw emotion. It’s still a favourite

  3. I have too many favourite songs to list, but if I had to choose one, it would be ‘Deanna’ as it reminds me of the fun days of going out and dancing until dawn.

  4. Congratulations on getting your pieces onto the screen.

    My favourite Nick Cave song is hard to pick. Tupelo? O Children? Henry Lee? They’re all fantastic.

    But in the end, there’s only one song that rises above them all. It’s been reinterpreted a thousand ways, all of them brilliant. Johnny Cash covered it. It’s a dirge and a celebration. It’s angry and it’s joyous. It’s the sound of a human being pinned like an insect between Heaven and Hell.

    Clearly, my favourite Nick Cave song is ‘The Mercy Seat’.

  5. Loving your comments people: so great to be reminded of all the fantastic songs Mr Cave has recorded.

    Personally, I agree with Georgie and David: you can’t go past “The Mercy Seat”. There’s this wonderful moment in the 1989 documentary “The Road to God Knows Where” when the Bad Seeds do an acoustic version live on a US radio show. It’s incredible – here you go:

  6. i am going to say ‘release the bats’ by the birthday party…love the energy in the song….: )

  7. Thanks for another great post, Nicole. I’m voting for Where the Wild Roses Grow as my Nick Cave song.

  8. Thank you: it’s great to see the Birthday Party here. Such a great track. I also like “Shivers” by the Boys Next Door, although it was written by Roland S.Howard rather than Cave.

  9. Thanks for all your entries! Random number selection winners are Jenny, Peta, Angelica and Kerry – I’ll send you an email now. Hope you enjoy the film! I certainly did, we’ve been listening to “Push the Sky Away” ever since.

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