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Night Life - A Fashion Exhibition of the 1920s and 30s, Ripponlea House, Melbourne

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I recently visited Night Life - A Fashion Exhibition of the 1920s and 30s at Ripponlea House in Elsternwick.  I just adore clothes from this era, so I was so excited to hear about this exhibition, which features clothes worn by Melburnians during the 1920s and 30s.  As the title of the exhibition suggests, it is all about eveningwear.  For this reason, Ripponlea House was darkened inside, with the windows covered over to create darkness and shadows to show off the fashion as it was meant  to be seen.  One of the early explanatory cards stated that it was actually frowned upon to wear sparkly clothes in the daytime at that time. 

The exhibition begins in the drawing room with 1920s eveningwear, and there are sparkles, bugle beads and tabers aplenty: 





In the next room were lots of accessories, including some very beautiful shoes:



I did the rooms a little out of order, and the next room I viewed featured 1930s eveningwear.  In the 30s, waistlines reappeared, and beads and sequins were repla…