Ripponlea and Barwon Park have hosted some stunning frocks in their time. This new exhibition by The National Trust, Night Life – A fashion exhibition of the 1920’s and 1930’s is no exception. A recent bequest of gowns inspired this curation exploring the decadent, ground breaking, jubilant styles of the 1920s and the more, Read More

  Fashion Revolution Week 2017 April 24th – 30th #whomademyclothes campaign in memory of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse on April 24th 2013. An estimated 1138 people died and many more were injured. Fashion Revolution asks for people to participate in many ways. One of which is by telling a love story to, Read More

This lovely simple brooch was inherited from my late grand mother a few years ago. She was a woman of modest means but she loved to dress up when an occasion presented itself. Whilst this is a modest 1950’s piece I find it rather charming. When I received it was missing one diamanté with, Read More

There is something special about family heirlooms that has nothing to do with monetary value. Somehow in knowing that one of your forbearers wore and valued an item of jewellery it gives you a connection to the past that is quite special. Jewellery is an especially personal item and pearls have been a valued, Read More

I am ashamed to admit I bought this sweet little purse ages ago. No I really mean ages… I am pretty sure it was in the late 80’s early 90’s. It was in this state at the time and I bought it intending to refurbish its vintage goodness. Ah well, time has ticked on, Read More

Unfortunately by the time you are reading this, the exhibition will be over!  Ah well. Due to other commitments both professional and personal I have not managed to get this post published in a timely manner. Never mind. It was a lovely little exhibition held by the City of Glen Eira as part of, Read More

Really enjoying reading the Fashion Revolution Facebook page. Great resource for learning of Ethical Fashion producers. Here is a great clip that really demonstrates the amount of highly skilled labour that goes into the production of these classic Panama hats. Produced by Pachacuti and Soul Rebel Films for Fashion Revolution Week 2016.

This is a great clear, simple illustration of just how much energy and resources goes into the production of our clothing. Once you really think about what is involved it makes absolute sense to recycle, re purpose and buy ethically as much as we can. Food for thought. Bella.  

Aaaaah! I found this languishing in my draft section. (Actually there is a few things there. Oh well.) Its amazing how things get away sometimes. Been busy doing the work. So better late than never…. Last but not least, bag lady again. This time accentuating her hour glass figure with a light jacket, nipped, Read More

I’ve been dipping my toe in this pond for quite some time. Whilst I have long haunted charity shops, designer recycled boutiques and markets I have found it hard to make the total commitment to this cause. Not because I don’t believe in it just because it feels like a big commitment. Some items, Read More