Be Persuaded Regency Exhibition, Melbourne

Be Persuaded

To mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the Dressing Australia – Museum of Costume is presenting a rare and wonderful exhibition bringing the era of Jane Austen to life with original items of the time. Be Persuaded features fashion, accessories and ephemera from the 18th century, rarely on display outside of major museums.

Be Persuaded Exhibition

Despite her fame, Jane Austen remains a mysterious figure in so many ways. This beautiful exhibition offers a glimpse into the world in which she existed, highlighting the symbolic role that fashion played in the Regency period.

Be Persuaded Exhibition

Be Persuaded Exhibition

Each perfectly curated outfit was accompanied by a snippet of Jane Austen history and matched with profiles of famous Austen characters and family members. The little boy in pastel blue below was based on Jane’s nephew, James “Edward” Austen Leigh. His little outfit and lace Peter Pan collar were just darling.

Be Persuaded Exhibition
I loved being able to see the fabrics up close – particularly the stitch work and intricate details of the genuine empire line dresses, lace wedding attire, satin dancing shoes, capes and bonnets.

Be Persuaded Exhibition

One of my favourite elements of the exhibition were the hand painted fashion illustrations that showed an evolving chronological timeline of fashion from 1790 to 1830.

Be Persuaded Exhibition


Be Persuaded – Presented by Dressing Australia – Museum of Costume

Northbrook Pop-up Gallery

1257 High Street, Malvern (behind Malvern Library)

Open 2 – 17 March 2018 – Thursday to Saturday from 12pm to 5pm.

Website: http://www.dressingaustraliamuseumofcostume.com

Set behind the Stonnington History Centre, a beautiful Italianate house bordered by a lovely garden.


Be Persuaded Exhibition

Be Persuaded Exhibition

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  1. Anne
    March 4, 2018 / 8:18 am

    So glad you went. And spreading the word.

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