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History Week 2012 ‘Threads’ real ‘vintage’ fashion from the past

September 8, 2012toSeptember 16, 2012


* SYDNEY and Regional – Fashion, Talks, Tours, Exhibitions, More

History Week 2012 ‘Threads’.  Dress and fashion has always been a huge element of human expression long before today’s fashionistas.  Clothes define us.  History Week 2012 explores the history of threads and the meaning of wardrobes of the past.

  • Dates: 8 – 16 September 2012
  • Location: Various
  • Cost: Free and ticketed events

Dress has always been an important element of human expression and long before the fashionistas of today decided ‘the look’.  From status to style, culture to professional identity, clothes have defined us.
History Week 2012 will explore the history of threads and unpick the meaning behind the wardrobes of the past.

The Muses
Event Type: Talk / Lecture
When: Sunday, 9 September 2012 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Where: State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Cost: General $30.00 Concession $25.00
This event is in partnership with Vogue Australia and takes place at the State Library of NSW. In the stunning vestibule of the Mitchell Library, leading Australian fashion designers will exhibit original pieces, created using historical muses as inspiration.
Zimmerman, Sass and Bide, Camilla and Herringbone are four of the six designers presenting garments. This special event will fuse the glamour, the champagne and the excitement of the catwalk with evocative images of the past. Hear the designers speak about their design process in conversation with dress historian Margot Riley and view the garments up close in the gorgeous Vestibule of the State Library of NSW.
Champagne and sandwiches included.
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From rags to riches
Event Type: Tour
When: Sunday, 9 September 2012 to Sunday, 9 September 2012 from 02:00pm to 03:00pm
Where: Vaucluse House, Wentworth Road, Vaucluse
Cost: $8.00 general $4 concession $17 family
Contact: Hannah Boaden, 02-8239-2305, hannahb@hht.net.au
Take a look at the fabrics used by the different ends of the household – including fashions for boys/men & girls/ladies. Kids visit servants kitchen – dressed up in servants’ clothing, given chores to do, Cinderella style, then proceed to the Wentworth family’s rooms to talk about finer fashion textiles of the C19th. Children then dress up in finery, are led into the drawing room and out into the pleasure garden / verandah for photo opportunity.
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Sydney youth fashion boutique ‘House of Merivale”- Speaker Bethan Donnelly
Event Type: Exhibition
When: Tuesday, 11 September 2012 to Tuesday, 11 September 2012 from 12:30 to 01:30pm
Where: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost: General Free
A case study of Sydney youth fashion boutique ‘House of Merivale’ in Sixties Australia. It was started by John and Merivale Hemmes who went on to create, with their children, the massive Merivale hospitality empire. Hear this fascinating story about youth identity politics in Sixties Sydney told through this landmark fashion retailer.
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‘You can take a frock to market..’ – Speaker Benjamin Thorn
Event Type: Talk
When: Tuesday, 11 September 2012 to Tuesday, 11 September 2012 from 10:00am
Where: Tweed Heads Library, Corner Wharf and Brett Streets, Tweed Heads
Cost: General Free This talk looks at clothing advertising from the 1950s, particularly in regional NSW. We look at the links between distributors and retailers and at the images that were used to promote Australian and overseas brands. Examples of printing blocks and other materials will be available for viewing.
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Flash Back: Fashion Photography in Australia
Event Type: Talk / Lecture
When: Wednesday, 12 September 2012 to Wednesday, 12 September 2012 from 12:45pm to 01:45pm
Where: WEA Sydney, WEA House, 72 Bathurst Street, SYDNEY
Booking Fee: $10
This Event is a talk by Margot Riley, Dress Historian, State Library of NSW, who will discuss the emergence of Australian fashion photography and the role images play in fashion history recording the look and detail of clothing and appearance long after original garments have disappeared.
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More information www.historyweek.com.au

History Week 2012 Sydney
History Week – Threads Sydney and Regional areas - Fashion, Talks, Tours, Exhibitions, more


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