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Night Life: evening wear of the 1920s and 30s

Fashion from the 1920s and 30s - many never before seen - will be displayed as part of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Night Life exhibition opening at Barwon Park Mansion  early January 2017.




Night Life is an exhibition that explores fashion when the sun goes down. Set in an atmosphere of exuberant play and discovery, the exhibition will be dynamic, so get ready to come and dance, said NTAV exhibition curator, Ms Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna.

Night Life not only captures the spirit of this vibrant time in Victoria’s fashion history, it looks at the beauty of beaded surfaces and moderné ideas about ornament and pattern.

“The fashion on show visually references night sky, stars and planets, neon lights, fireworks, dreams and other after dark delights. All the costumes are from the Trust’s own collection of fashion and many have never been seen before.

”NTAV CEO Mr Simon Ambrose said this exhibition is important because it sees the Trust collaborating with the Victorian community to recreate this time in history.

“Many of the fashion pieces were made locally and we are drawing on young local talent to bring the era to life. We are working with Melbourne stylists and fashion photographers, like Domenic Coloca, Stuart Chen, Olivia Tran and Jess Hood, who are interpreting the fashions and atmosphere  of the 1920s and 30s. This is a modern take on a moderné era using techniques from  high fashion,” he said.

Night Life will also recreate the spirit of a 1920s and 30s dance hall where guests will get an opportunity to dress up and dance. The fashion of the period was flamboyant and the dance hall and nightclub ‘scene’ popular and lively. It was an extraordinary time for Night Life, said Ms Anya-Petrivna.

Night Life at Barwon Park Mansion will run Wednesday to Sunday from 4 January until 26 March 2017 - 11am to 4pm.

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