The Jane Austen Centre, Bath

The Jane Austen Centre, Bath

The first stop on my little Jane Austen road trip was Bath, where Jane lived between 1801 to 1806 and set two of her novels, Northanger Abbey & Persuasion. The problematic nature of being a lady in Regency England was that young women had to marry to secure their future. Jane Austen wove this predicament into all of her novels, commenting ever so gently that this was utter nonsense.

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Be Persuaded Regency Exhibition, Melbourne

Be Persuaded Regency Exhibition, Melbourne

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.

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Melbourne Flower and Garden Show

Melbourne Flower and Garden Show

Stop and smell the roses are words I live by. Nothing in life has given me greater joy than spending time in my grandmother’s garden talking to the flowers and addressing them by their names as if they were all pretty ladies. Knees covered in dirt, making daisy chains in the grass and plucking petals from roses.

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Triennial at the National Gallery, Melbourne

Triennial at the National Gallery, Melbourne

Triennial was the most recent show stopping exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. My diary has been so busy lately that I nearly considered giving this exhibition a miss, but at the eleventh hour a friend invited me and thank goodness she did! Triennial was superb, albeit different to my usual tastes, but it would have been a shame to miss this thought provoking collection of global art.

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The House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture

The House of Dior: 70 Years of Haute Couture

To celebrate seventy years of The House of Dior, the National Gallery of Victoria hosted an exclusive exhibition of Dior Haute Couture from 1947 to 2017. The exhibition was laid out like a timeline, beginning with the classic silhouettes and simple designs of the 1940’s all the way through to the experimental avant-garde designs of the modern era. There was a noticeable fluctuation of style as you progressed through the exhibition. From the iconic designs of Christian Dior himself, to Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, and the first female head designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

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The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, Melbourne

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition, Melbourne

Ripponlea House and Gardens in Elsternwick are one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets and a place that is very dear to my heart. A grand estate built in 1868 as a luxury family home, which remained so for over a century until the house was passed on to the National Trust of Australia in 1972.

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Marilyn Monroe Costume Exhibition, Bendigo

Marilyn Monroe Costume Exhibition, Bendigo

When Bendigo Art Gallery announced that glamorous costumes of Marilyn Monroe would be showcased in Australia I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see a piece of the world’s most famous blonde bombshell, in the middle of country Victoria of all places! Marilyn remains the enduring poster girl of classic Hollywood, from humble beginnings as Norma Jeane Baker to the ultimate screen siren. This beautiful exhibition, presented by Twentieth Century Fox and the Bendigo Art Gallery included 20 original costumes from some of Marilyn’s most iconic roles

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