Love, Desire and Riches - The Fashion of Weddings at Rippon Lea House

On a gorgeous sunny Saturday, Sandra and I went to see Love, Desire and Riches - The Fashion of Weddings at Rippon Lea House.   The exhibition features more than 50 wedding gowns and accessories from around the world.

Some of the gowns were old:

Some were newer, including Jennifer Hawkins wedding dress:

Some were worn by royalty, like this Valentino worn by a Greek princess:
There were also some stunning bridal accessories:

And costumes from movies based on novels featuring weddings:

There was a spooky room dedicated to Miss Havisham:

And a Jane Austen-esque empire line gown:

A couple of stunning Collette Dinnigan numbers were on display:

The boys were not left out, with their clobber on display in a room that smelled distinctly  of aftershave:

As a bonus, we got to enjoy the glorious house and grounds:

Even Mr Darcy was there:


On the way back to the train, we admired the heritage listed shops in Glen Eira Street, including this florist shop housed in an old pharmacy:

And enjoyed a chocolate croissant fresh out of the oven from Firebrand Sour Dough Bakery:

All in all, it was a perfect outing.

Rippon Lea House and Gardens
192 Hotham Street
Ripponlea VIC
Ph: (03) 9523 6095


Kayte said…
This was a fun looking at fashion through the years, and wedding fashion particularly fun. Actually, I didn't find it all that fun when I was getting married and picking out a dress to wear...but looking at others' gowns is fun! Looks like house and grounds were enjoyable as well. What a pretty rose! Nothing in the world as beautiful as flowers. :-)

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