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Kyabram exhibition expected to draw crowd

Kyabram resident Isobel Harvie's 'A Step Back in Time' clothing collection exhibition opens on Saturday, April 5

April 2, 2014 4:44am

Isobel Harvie shows the intricate layers of material which make up this wedding dress from the early 1900s.


Final preparations have started for the opening of Isobel Harvie’s A Step Back in Time exhibition on Saturday.

The display of bridal wear, ball gowns, daywear, lingerie and accessories from 1900 to the 1960s offers a rare opportunity to see how fashion, styles and manufacturing techniques changed through the decades of the 20th century.

Mrs Harvie said A Step Back in Time will be the last exhibition she will organise.

‘‘When we held the previous exhibition last year, I decided I wanted to do another one,’’ she said.

‘‘So many people came forward and gave me items to add to the collection, it was amazing.

‘‘But I’ve worked in fashion most of my life, I love clothes, and I think it’s about time I spent some money on clothes for myself,’’ she said.

Exhibition features will include wedding dresses circa 1900, a collection of flapper dresses, crepe wear from the 1940s and a stunning cape, donated to Mrs Harvie by Kyabram resident Grace Kentish, which was made in about 1870.

Mrs Harvie has offered to donate a collection to the town of Kyabram including many of the items to be shown in this exhibition and those given to her by local residents.

She is hoping part of Kyabram Town Hall will be used to provide a permanent display space so that future residents and visitors to the town can enjoy the collection.

‘‘There are some items of local history here and we don’t want this collection to go anywhere else,’’ she said.

A Step Back in Time will be on show daily, from 10am to 4pm, at KCLC, Lake Rd, Kyabram from Saturday, April 5 to Sunday, April 13.

A display of art work, by past and present KCLC art tutors and students, and a quilt display by KCLC Social Patchwork Group will run alongside Mrs Harvie’s collection.

The opening day of the exhibition will also feature a display of vintage cars in the KCLC car park.

Entry costs $15, which includes Devonshire tea, and all proceeds are going to Warramunda Village.

Bookings are essential for any large groups planning to visit the exhibition and can be made by phoning KCLC on 58520000.

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