To the 1950’s and Back

Dungatar is the fictional rural Australian town where the Dressmaker movie is set.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I visited the delightful Dressmaker costume exhibition at Rippon Lea estate and the requirement was to dress in 1950’s get-up. I looked to my history of fashion books for inspiration on the design classics of the 50’s, and naturally had a bit of help from Google. The fashions were classy, accentuated a petite waist and typically involved bags that matched with hats. Fur was a necessity in the winter time, and hair was of utmost importance. I wouldn’t mind travelling back into the 1950’s for fashion purposes, as I love the elegance and femininity that it exuded. There’s a hypnotic power that is conveyed from some of the 1950’s fashion photographs, as the women pictured appear untouchable and formidable with their armour of graceful clothing. The dramatic effect of the black and white filter definitely enhanced that.

I dug deep into my wardrobe and produced a blue mint A-line skirt from Forever New, a vintage lace top from a market and a shapeless winter coat from Asos. My accessories had to be matched with my crutches, so I chose metallic silver for my bag and sparkly loafers.

I stumbled on this issue of hair. I overreached and hit 1960’s territory with this Jacquie Kennedy inspired hairdo. There wasn’t much time to get the curlers out so I let my hair do what it did once I blowdried it, which happened to be flicking up at the ends.

Everyone abided by the dress code and it was so wonderful to see the effort each person had exerted to look as though they had jumped out of a 1950’s film. Women had borrowed their grandmas’ fur stoles, home-made dresses were worn and some must have spent the afternoon wearing hair rollers. Complete with champagne and dancing, it was a fantastic evening of going back in time.

Coat: Asos

Top: Vintage

Skirt: Forever New 

Shoes: Aldo 

Bag: Nine West 

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The Dressmaker Exhibition

On a bitterly cold winter’s evening in Melbourne, my family and I attended The Dressmaker 1950’s party at Rippon Lea estate. The Dressmaker is a book-turned-movie starring Kate Winslet and is set in rural Australia in the 1950’s. Its poignant and often unexpected storyline was immensely entertaining, however the costume designs by the award-winning designers Margot Wilson and Marion Boyce truly brought the aesthetic appeal.

The Dressmaker costume exhibition has been on display since April and will continue until 31 July, and it was a real treat to be able to experience it when an exclusive 1950’s pop-up bar evening was hosted. Not only was everyone required to dress in 1950’s attire, but there was even a band playing 50’s music in the ballroom to enhance the old-fashioned setting. The main reason why I wanted to go was to see the breathtaking costumes, of course.

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You could not compare the way Kate Winslet’s character’s costumes looked on her in comparison to how they sit on the mannequins. Her curvaceous figure practically made those dresses look as stunning as they did.

 

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The effect of the embellishment is divine, particularly with the golden sash of leaves. Gertrude wore this when making her debut with her new makeover.

 

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This didn’t exactly come under the category ‘breathtaking’, but it was certainly startling.

 

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This pale gold lamé dress is one of my favourites. It’s sheer Hollywood and I love how it accentuates curves.

 

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Simply fabulous. The pink socks are a striking touch.

 

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Grecian chiffon wedding gown.

 

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The costumes showcase some of the best design elements of the 1950’s, including plenty of glamour and gorgeous fabrics. If you haven’t yet seen the film I would recommend it purely for the delightful costumes, and if you are in Melbourne I would urge you to see them for yourself! Stay tuned for my next post on what I wore to the event. x

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Accessory of the Season: Crutches

Get excited ladies and gentlemen, the must-have trend of the season has arrived at your nearest department store and is here to stay: the crutches. Not only are they a complete necessity for some and have a certain aesthetic appeal that you cannot deny, but they also come in the exclusive colour of silver.

This winter, compliment your crutches with grey/silver tones and silver jewellery as exemplified by my new scarf from Witchery and marvellous patent silver loafers from Aldo. Ensure that your outfit revolves around your statement-making crutches and don’t be afraid to wear them with anything and everything.

Like me, you may not have any choice in the matter; but it doesn’t stop you from being as fabulous as possible.

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Coatigan:Witchery

Shoes: Aldo

Skirt: Witchery

Scarf: Witchery

Top: Cotton On 

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200 Years of Australian Fashion Exhibition

So, a while ago before the whole surgery debacle and numerous exams, I visited the 200 Years of Australian Fashion Exhibition at NGV as you may recall from my previous blog post (it has been a while, so terribly sorry!). It was a beautifully presented exhibition showcasing an array of Australian fashion from as early as 1805 to present day, and truly captured Australia’s unique and impressive fashion scene. There were some of the most embellished and extravagant gowns I have ever seen from the mid-20th century, which contrasts against the abstract and colourful outfits from the 1970’s and onwards. The diversity and beauty of Australian fashion over the years is astounding.

Here are some outfits I could not resist taking snaps of:

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Earliest Dress Found, c.1805
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Evening Dress, c. 1907
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Ball gown, c. 1956
Evening dress, c. 1958
Evening dress, c. 1958
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c. 1967
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Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson c. 1970’s
Linda Jackson and David McDiarmid, c.1980
Linda Jackson and David McDiarmid, c.1980
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Romance was Born, c. 2015 and Discount Univer$e, c. 2015

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Toni Maticevski, c. 2015
Toni Maticevski, c. 2015

To remember the history of Australian fashion and the lovely outfits exhibited, I got sucked in to buying the fashion book. It provides a history of each period in fashion and how it reflected the social constructs at the time, and also features some of the most notable Australian designers of our current age.

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If you live in Melbourne and are looking for something worthwhile to fill your day, I highly recommend this. It’s open until July 31 so don’t miss out!

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May in Melbourne

Ok, I haven’t blogged in an insanely large amount of time. But truth be told, I’ve had surgery and have been in hospital for a while and I am now confined to bed rest, so unfortunately there has not been any time for any fashion escapades (a part from the sexy hospital gown). This will be the beginning of more consistent blogging, I promise.

As soon as I can make it out of bed and wear something other than Peter Alexander PJs.

So before the whole surgery excitement, I spent a day in Melbourne city with my mum and sister to see the 200 Years of Australian Fashion exhibition. Winter is beginning to kick in, which naturally I am overjoyed about because I can finally drag out the dozens of coats I irrationally purchased while op-shopping last summer. This one I wore is a particular favourite, and I purchased it on my trip to America last year from Zara. I love the round shape, the wide sleeves and the stiff, baby blue fabric that incorporates an asian influence. There’s so much ‘yes’ in one coat. Underneath I wore my comfort culottes and a basic turtleneck top, both in black to compliment the pattern of the coat. Despite the fact that I had to be wheeled around in a wheelchair for most of the day, I felt very comfortable with my look.

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Coat: Zara

Culottes: Luvalot

Shoes: Witchery

Top: asos

Bag: Zara

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Scarf-day Friday

It seems as though fashion chokers are here to stay for a while longer, but I found something fancier to wear with my off-the-shoulder tops: a summer scarf. There always needs to be something worn around the neck with a top that exposes this amount of décolletage, and a summer scarf is perfect if you are not too fond of chokers or chunky jewellery. This lovely scarf was given to me by a group of friends a few years ago as a birthday present, and I have not really been capable of wearing summer scarves to my liking until recently. Little summer scarves have been a sneaky trend this autumn, usually added to an outfit to provide some colour and flair to avoid falling into the trap of wearing monotonous tones as the weather becomes colder. And doesn’t it make the day brighter! It also keeps my neck warm too.

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These culottes are my favourite kind of pants, fundamentally because they are so remarkably comfortable. Since I haven’t been able to wear any jeans due to a soon-to-be-fixed hip condition, I have mainly been living in my culottes or loose-fitting dresses. Fortunately, it’s not hard to be stylish and comfortable these days!

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Scarf: Patricia Paris

Top: Asos

Pants: Luvalot

Shoes: Lipstik

Bag: Pratten

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Red Fingernails and LBD

I have found the perfect winter dress from Witchery. It may not be as elaborate as the gowns from last night’s Met Gala, but it does have velvet, metal studs and cheeky little splits in the skirt. A dress of this length just begged to be worn with my suede over-the-knee boots, and to fit within the theme of the Met Gala, I naturally wore my metallic silver Nine West bag. So I suppose I could describe it as the ’70’s sexy robot’ look.

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Dress: Witchery

Boots: Siren

Bag: Nine West

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