Lacy and Racy

New year, new Art Deco festival in Napier to look forward to – and this time, the overarching theme of the weekend is the fashions of the 1920s-30s (well, it’s always a theme…but this year it’s explicit!). I’m giving a lecture on lingerie and boudoir wear on Friday 15 February, and there will be a […]

Morin-Blossier – Couturiers to the Courts of Europe

Largely remembered today for their work supplying gowns to European royalty, Morin-Blossier is another 19th century design house founded by women – in this instance two French sisters, Victoire and Marie. They worked as forewomen in Paris before taking the bold step of relocating to Vienna circa 1873, where it was hoped they would face […]

The Melbourne Fair 2018

Photo credit: Bibliothèque nationale de France Time again for the Melbourne Fair! We’re flying down on Thursday and will be at the opening Thurs night. I’ll be compering the fashion parades – this year it’s a 1960s and a Fashions on the Field theme. Here’s the line up of vintage clothing events: Couture exhibition of […]


New South Wales Forensic Photography Archive, Sydney Living Museums  PANEL DISCUSSION: FASHION OF THE ROARING TWENTIES Here’s an event for 1920s fashion enthusiasts – many of you will be familiar collection of mugshots that inspired this panel discussion event – we’ve often used them for research in in street wear of the 1920s (and contemporary […]

The Sydney Fair 17-20 May 2018

This one goes out to all my Sydney friends (and those who can make it to Sydney) who want to know where to source vintage clothes in Australia. The Sydney Fair is one of my favourite events – not only a gorgeous range of vintage fashion, including 1920s originals from some of our best dealers […]

1920s Vintage at the Classic & Wooden Boat Festival

My passion for 1920s vintage style is not exactly a secret among my museum colleagues, but it was still a very delightful surprise when our Events Coordinator proposed we catch up over coffee and discuss an idea proposed for our Classic & Wooden Boat Festival. Given the number of beautiful 1920s era vessels that were […]

The Sydney Fair 2017

Writing about The Sydney Fair always presents a dilemma – with so many pieces showcased from Art Deco sculpture to 1920s beaded dresses, it’s hard to do justice to every facet of what’s on display. I could write reams on the vintage fashion alone, or on just how many wonderful celluloid dance purses I saw […]