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