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The Dressmaker costume exhibition marion boyce

The Dressmaker costume exhibition at Barwon Park Mansion is a must see for anyone with an appreciation for couture fashion.

Love, Revenge and Haute Couture

– an utterly intriguing and accurate synopsis of this visually stunning film.

  The Dressmaker costume exhibition marion boyce

 Adapted from Rosalie Ham’s bestselling book and featuring over 50 pieces of the costume design work of Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson, this exhibition is a stand-alone highlight of Australian design talent.

Featuring a hand picked wardrobe of pieces worn by Kate Winslet and the cast, this showcase shines a spotlight on the transformative power of fashion as well as the integral process of costume design in character development.

The Dressmaker costume exhibition marion boyce

The Dressmaker costume exhibition marion boyce

Stepping onto the pebbled driveway, the vision of Barwon Park Manor instantly transports you to another world. Set amongst a golden pastoral landscape and cushioned by elderly pines, the bluestone walls open into a vision of Tilly Dunnage’s country Australia.

Behind it’s double doors, the residents of 1950’s Dungatar come alive in each flutter of chiffon and rustle of moiré silk. We are treated to an up close and personal experience with the fabrics, the processes, the sheer magic of these costumes and their secrets.

The Dressmaker costume exhibition marion boyce

The Dressmaker costume exhibition marion boyce

The Dressmaker costume exhibition marion boyce

Both the film and the exhibition take you on a transformative journey, setting the luxurious designs and opulent fabrics against the dusty Australian landscape.

Artfully staged, the story line of each character can be seen in every stitch, letting you lose yourself in the world of Parisian glamour and dream of what such garments might do for your own story.

Vintage Current talked to costume designer Marion Boyce about her challenges and triumphs working on The Dressmaker.

 

 

Starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth, The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition hosted by the National Trust, is on now at the Barwon Park Mansion in Winchelsea, Victoria.

The Dressmaker costume exhibition marion boyce

The Dressmaker costume exhibition marion boyce

Make a day of it and treat your friends to a mini road trip of fabulous fashion and style inspiration. Imogen, Anne and I had the most fantastic day complete with Devonshire tea in the converted stables.

The Dressmaker costume exhibition marion boyce

The Dressmaker costume exhibition marion boyce

Keep an eye out for the Sunday Style session, a 1950s style garden party day, (details TBA) and the perfect opportunity to frock up!

Only 40 minutes from Geelong or1 hr 20 mins from Melbourne, Barwon Park’s 42 room heritage beauty is the perfect setting to truly experience this remarkable showcase of re-created 1950’s Parisian influenced couture.

The Dressmaker costume exhibition is not to be missed!

 

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. Ohhhh. I love interviews with Marion Boyce. Her work is so great. Also – thanks for standing in front of all that hat porn for me!

    I saw this movie the week I got back from Paris as I was so worried I would miss it. One of my teachers did the hats for this (and also for Miss Fisher) and I have known about this movie since she was putting together a book of vintage millinery hat ads in class. I don’t remember seeing the orange coolie (hate that word…) in the movie but I remember hearing about it and the outfit it was suppose to go with. Seeing as how I couldn’t recognise a few things, I might have to see if anywhere is showing it still and take a second look. And I HAVE to see this exhibition. Now to find someone with a car who wants to go with me!

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