If you’ve been mentally planning your dream wedding for as long as you can remember and are looking for a little vintage inspiration or just have an inherent appreciation for all things beautiful, The Bowerbird and The Bride is right up your alley. From the collection of award-winning Australian costume designer Marion Boyce (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Dressmaker) and developed in conjunction with QUT, comes an exhibition of 45 bridal gowns from the 1880s to 1970s.
More than a history lesson on a century of Australian wedding fashion, The Bowerbird and The Bride is an intriguing insight into how Marion weaves together fact and fiction, conjuring forth fascinating characters and stories from every piece of clothing. From period and vintage wedding dresses to a stunning array of headpieces, bouquets, and other accessories both restored and especially designed by Marion, this exhibition brings to life each ensemble through a series of vignettes filled with beauty, nostalgia, and sometimes mischief and whimsy.
Marion Boyce has been collecting garments she loves since childhood; her vast collection of fashion, accessories, and other curiosities has grown through years of astute buying from surprising places around the world, along with donations from family, friends, and fans. A recent gift of period and vintage wedding dresses inspired Marion to dig into the abundant store of what she calls her treasures to create The Bowerbird and The Bride.
This event is part of The Bowerbird and The Bride exhibition at Old Government House from 12 July to 19 August 2018.