There are certain people who come into your life who make a significant impact. One of those people for me has been a women who has become a dear friend and colleague. A woman who puts all other people and causes before herself and so she would not want me to say too much, Read More

In the latter part of 2017 Brighton Historical Society was thrilled to receive a Local History Grant from the Public Records Office Victoria. The project is to catalogue a substantial selection of the most important pieces of its costume collection onto Museums Victoria’s Victorian Collections data base. Laura Jocic and I are honoured and, 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

Can you hear it? Listen for it, after Marion’s laugh. It is the unique sound of beautiful sequinned lace, rustling as it moves, almost like soft rain on a tin roof. It is a sound that Marion Boyce, award winning Costume designer of crime series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and feature film The Dressmaker is, Read More

Over the last two years Jo Jenkinson has quietly but doggedly worked away on her new book ‘The Lure of The Beach’ a history of sea bathing in Brighton. Published with the aid of a Local History Grant from The Victorian State Government, it relates stories including the days of the early horse drawn, Read More

OK! I admit it…. this is a thinly disguised excuse to share this knitting pattern with you!!!! Oh how I laughed when I found this one!  But as the saying goes…. things come around. Perhaps I’ll be seen sporting a pair of these some time soon?? Ok, not likely… It’s Terminology Tuesday again and, Read More

Whoa!!!! I’m getting ahead of myself this week! It’s only Autumn but I get so excited when I see something that twigs my hopelessly romantic imagination. So prepare for a little winter treat…. It’s Terminology Tuesday again and this week in the spotlight is… Après Ski… “A French term pronounced ah-pray’ meaning “After Skiing., Read More

It’s Terminology Tuesday (well actually it’s Wednesday! sorry.) again and this week in the spotlight is… Buskins… Or are they? You know this is what I find so fascinating about concepts of fashion and image. Firstly, in fashion circles each season we see another round of the “new look”. But of course hardly anything, Read More

It’s Terminology Tuesday again and this week in the spotlight is… the Annette Kellerman swimsuit… You might have heard of her? Hopefully you have. I definitely had but was still amazed to learn of the extent of the influence she had on the lives we now live. Annette Kellerman (originally Kellermann), (1887 – 1975) was, Read More

It’s Terminology Tuesday again and this week in the spotlight is…  Amazon… In fashion terms; Amazon adj. attached to the names of certain items of women’s fashionable apparel as a descriptor. The Amazons were a legendary (potentially mythical) race of warlike women from the time and region of the ancient Greeks.  Scholars have many, Read More