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Cavalcade of Fashion Fabulous Fifties

Source: Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Archived 15 Oct 2017 - Posted: 15 Sep 2017
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only…fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Coco Channel

After World War II ended, fashion in Australia was in transition. The sociological, political, technological and economic impact of the times on fashion is measurable and readily accepted as having direct bearing on fashion and – ultimately - style and design.

The 1950's were prosperous, vibrant years heralding an era of great change.  Modernists were helping to re-shape life in Australia and influencing most aspects of our lives from art, design and architecture, literature, advertising and fashion. The conservatism, restraint and formality of the earlier decades was moving to a freer, looser, more informal life style.

In this time of luxury and style, several new groups emerged, the modern housewife, the career woman and the new teenage culture. Each of these groups developed their own unique style of fashion and an evolution began. Australian women started wanting the same fashion as the celebrities they saw in Vogue magazines. They were influenced by fashions seen in movies or for teenagers, what their rock & roll idols were wearing. New synthetic materials, like nylon and polyester, revolutionised the fashion industry as new styles and silhouettes could be created, clothing became easier to care for and cheaper.

Glimpse into the lives of these 1950's modern housewives and the teenagers. Delight in the glamour and style of the career woman of this era.

Join Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest for the Cavalcade of Fashion Fabulous Fifties presentation hosted by the Friends of the Gallery on 14 October 2pm, $25 per person - includes afternoon tea.

The presentation will give you a chance to view closely clothes and accessories worn by real women during the fifties and hear some of their fascinating stories as you listen to snippets of our social history as told through the lives of the original wearers of these gowns.

If you love fashion, the fifties and history or feel like reminiscing about the good old days, then make sure you book a seat for the Fabulous Fifties Fashion presentation and afternoon tea provided by Café at Lewers.

Please pay on the day, cash only, $25.00.  This is a fund raising event and all proceeds go toward The Friends of the Gallery restoration projects.


Fabulous Fifties Fashions

Date:
14 October 2017

Time:
2pm

Venue:
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest

Tickets:

  • $25 per person - includes afternoon tea. Pay on the day, cash only.
  • Bookings are essential as seating is limited.  Please contact Fiona Knoke phone: 4732 8702 email: fiona.knoke@penrith.city

This article archived 15 Oct 2017

 
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