Dressed for success

FOLLOWING on from last year’s successful exhibition of wedding gowns, Heyfield Family History Group’s magnificent display, ‘Evening Gowns Through The Decades’, at Heyfield Memorial Hall will continue from Friday.

Exhibition curator Louise Hill-Coleman said the exhibit, which highlighted the history of the gowns, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers, had already received a good response.

“We have only been open for a few hours and several people have been through already,” Ms Hill-Coleman said on Wednesday.

“We are hoping people would have heard about last year and want to come to this one.”

Accessories such as gloves, shoes and stoles also contribute to telling the gowns’ stories.

“It’s a combination of fashion and history, because people want to know the history of the gowns,” Ms Hill-Coleman said.

She said a special contribution to the exhibition was a 1858 gown on loan from Stratford Historical Society.

“The oldest gown is a lace three piece ball gown worn in the 1850s,” she said.

“It hasn’t got one hole in it and is just immaculate.

“It’s (almost) 160 years old; I don’t think dresses from the 2000s would last 160 years.

“The exhibits range from this gown to the 1920s beaded ‘flapper’ gown, from the ‘flower power’ 60s to the quirky ‘noughties’.”

Ms Hill-Coleman said she expected the 1920s beaded flapper gown to become popular with the recent release of movie The Great Gatsby.

The exhibition will continue Friday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm, and will also open on Sunday from 9am to 1pm.

Entry will be $5, with Devonshire teas also available to buy in the supper room.

Buses are welcome.

For more information phone 5148 2093.