Thursday, July 16, 2009

Persuasion: Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen

There is a little exhibition of some of the most delightful clothes at the National Gallery in Melbourne. I just love period clothes so next time I'm in the area of the NGV I'm making a point to check out Persuasion: Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen.

Author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion, Jane Austen (1775–1817) life was during a time where not only there was some of the most noted transformations in European history but when there were also radical changes in the way people dressed.
Persuasion: Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen focuses on English women’s fashion during the first two decades of the nineteenth century. Where during this time there where some of the most dynamic trends/changes in fashion, from constricted and exaggerated boned corsetry, to gowns of diaphanous white muslin and then towards fuller-bodied silk fabrics being used to create the feminine hour glass shape.

This exhibition draws on work from the National Gallery of Victoria’s holdings of eighteenth and nineteenth century fashion, prints and drawings, decorative arts and paintings and complemented by key works from other Australian institutions and private collections.
National Gallery of Victoria
Myer Fashion and Textiles Galleries, Level 2
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Exhibition: Until Sunday 8 November 2009
Cost: Free

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