[Exhibition] House of Lucas at the Gold Museum

A new exhibition is opening about the wonderful House of Lucas, fashion house of Ballarat and Melbourne.

I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, and can’t wait to see it.

What: House of Lucas fashion exhibition
Where: The Gold Museum, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
When: October 28th 2016 to March 2017
Cost: $6.80-12.30 or free with Sovereign Hill entry, please see website for details.
More information: at the website.

Here are some of the House of Lucas garments that I’ve found:

1930s beaded silk gown

1930s silk velvet gown with rhinestones

Late ’50s Pierre Cardin/Lucas jacket as featured in the recent Glen Eira ’50s exhibition.

Late ’50s dress plus House of Lucas advert 1961

House of Lucas adverts, ’50s and ’60s.


  1. I am so sad I missed this, my late Mum worked as Kate Lahaive’s pattern maker and sample seamstress at Lucas during the 60s and together they won the prestigious Gown of the Year .

  2. how much is a LUCAS Nyloc dress worth today? the pagan prints are particularly striking?

  3. Hi Cam, that all depends on market demand, which is shaped by elements of style, condition, fabric, detailing and size. You can try seeking similar dresses to get an idea of what they’re worth but it also depends on where you sell: they will be higher priced in specialised boutiques than in flea markets. Like everything else, it’s about supply and demand.

  4. I have just been offered a lingerie box from this company. Would you like it for your exhibits? It is very old. A quaint picture on the front.

  5. I would have loved to have seen this exhibition. My mum worked for Lucas in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, in the early 1960s.

  6. I also worked at Lucas clingers lane from 1967 to 1972. Would have loved tovhxvr seen the exhibition I halos had a few items to add
    Cheers Ros

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