Tuesday, 26 April 2016

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition at Rippon Lea House and Gardens Melbourne


*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Nuffnang and the National Trust.

If there's one thing Australians do well, then movie-making surely tops the list. Our films are renown throughout the world for their wickedly-clever sense of humour, their use of our remarkable landscape as a backdrop, our distinct, uniquely Australian characters and overall 'feel,' which defines us on the world stage.

The Dressmaker, the movie, based on the best-selling novel by Rosalie Ham, is one such recent example of our Aussie expertise when it comes to weaving this cinema magic we're famous for.

This multi-award winning film contains all of these elements, making its originality sparkle on the screen. It's a story described as 'a bittersweet, comedy-drama.'  The Dressmaker is this and so much more.

In case you've missed the movie, The Dressmaker is set in early 1950's Australia, in the country town of Dungatar. The locals are an odd-mix of characters who are all interconnected vexatiously by a long history of tragedy, rumour, gossip and sensationalism. They've a tightly-guarded, shared dark past which is shrouded in mystery, protecting secrets affecting the entire town.

Tilly Dunnage (played by Kate Winslet), is a former resident of broken Dungatar, who was sent away in disgrace as a child. Returning years later as a talented, beautiful and well-travelled dressmaker, she sets her sights on righting the wrongs of the past. Tilly begins her journey of transformation with her deranged mother (Judy Davis) and at the same time, in the most sensational of ways, embarks upon dealing with the poisonous townsfolk one dress at a time.

Her weapon against her foes; her determination to learn the truths of the past and expose them to all, using her extraordinary talents and knowledge of fashion via her sewing machine.

With a movie title like The Dressmaker, you can be certain there are some wonderful costumes throughout this movie and if you're a Melbourner, you will have a unique opportunity to see them yourself up-close at The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition.

The Dressmaker and the National Trust in association with Film Art Media are proud to present a major new exhibition featuring fifty of the stunning haute couture costumes from the movie, set in the beautiful surrounds of the Rippon Lea estate in Melbourne.

Experience the dressmaking talents of award-winning costume designers Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson (the designer behind Kate Winslet's costumes) with the opportunity to see up close, the fashions, fabrics and detail of these remarkable outfits, as worn by Kate Winslet and the cast members of The Dressmaker.

The costumes in the movie are inspired by 1950's Parisian couture and provide visitors with a rare in-depth view of each character's development throughout the film, and of course, the remote Dungatar township with its manifold issues.



The elegance of the Rippon Lea House and Gardens estate in Melbourne provides an ideal setting for this display of glamorous gowns from the movie. Wander through the grandeur of this magnificent National Trust property while re-living the magic of The Dressmaker's most poignant and finest moments.


Catch the The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition at Rippon Lea House and Gardens
10am-4pm daily until July 31st, 2016.
Bookings are essential and tickets can be purchased at the door.
For tickets and further information, visit The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition.
 
Rippon Lea House and Gardens. 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria. 3185.

*The Dressmaker image courtesy of National Trust Rippon Lea website.
 
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25 comments:

  1. If only this exhibition were in Sydney! My daughter would live it! On the weekend I took my textile studying daughter to the Collette Dinnigan exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum at Sydney.

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    1. We get some great stuff in Melbourne. The CD exhibition sounds pretty amazing too!

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  2. Two beautiful things... Rippon Lea and gorgeous costumes. Sounds wonderful

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    1. I am very familiar with Rippon Lea, however I sadly missed the chance to meet the author, costume designer and see the exhibition on the premiere night. I will be heading there very soon though!

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  3. I have yet to see "The Dressmaker" but it is definitely on my "must see" list, hope it turns up on Netflix soon! Miss 19 and I love seeing exhibitions like this - last year we saw one called "Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood" at the Museum of Brisbane, and we saw a Valentino exhibition a few years back. Rippon Lea looks gorgeous too, another place I'd like to visit next time I'm in Melbourne!

    Visiting from #teamIBOT x

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    1. I have only just seen the movie too and loved it! I also adore fashion exhibitions. The ones you mentioned sound fabulous.

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  4. I loved the movie "dressmaker" so different to what I expected. What gorgeous costumes

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    1. The Dressmaker is totally different to what I thought it would be too. Great flick!

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  5. This movie made me laugh and cry when I saw it on the plane over to LA - why did he have to die?? And those outfits were amazing!

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    1. I know, I know! So sad! (Spoiler alert.)GREAT costumes - they made up for it I think.

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  6. I loved the movie and would love to see the movie in the flesh. That house and gardens too, what a gorgeous spot! xx

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    1. Rippon Lea is beautiful. I'd like to wander around there dressed in some of the dresses from the movie. (I don't think that will happen though.)

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  7. The Dressmaker is one of my favourite movies of the past few years. What a fabulous exhibition that would be!

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  8. I LOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEEE that movie! I think Marion is a genius. I am sorry I missed that evening. I hope I get a chance to visit the exhibition.

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    1. All the millinery and accessories on display look fab - I am yet to see it. Can't wait!

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  9. I haven't watched the movie yet (I purchased it on Friday so I skipped your summary of the movie just in case of spoilers lol) but I am excited to watch it. I love Kate Winslet.

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    1. I also bought it on Friday! Sit down and watch it - you will love it. No spoilers here! (Except Emily's comment - don't read that one!)

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  10. Can you believe I still haven't seen this movie?!! It's on my list. The exhibition sounds amazing. I'd love to go if I was in Melbourne.

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    1. I have only just managed it myself. Great movie and costumes.

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  11. I've seen the trailer for the movie and still yet to see it. How lovely to get to see the costumes in real life.

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    1. I just love that so many of you have not made it to the cinema to see this movie - I don't feel so left out now. Dying to see these costumes for real.

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  12. Great movie! I'm so glad I went to see this one and the costumes are DIVINE! So great they've opened up an exhibition to celebrate them x

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  13. Sounds like a great movie that I really should make an effort to see! Awesome exhibition for fans of the movie and in such a gorgeous setting :)

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