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Old Government House, Parramatta, Sydney,

Old Government House, Parramatta, Sydney

I’m in Sydney & the surrounding area for the week, visiting the wonderful Theresa, having a much-needed mini-holiday with Mr D, and, most importantly, speaking in conjunction with the ‘Tales from the East: India & New South Wales‘ exhibition at Old Government House, Parramatta, Sydney. I was incredibly excited about getting the opportunity to visit Old Government House.  It’s the oldest public building in Australia and one of the few authentic examples of Georgian architectures in the Antipodes.  It’s also an extremely important structure from a historical standpoint.  It’s strongly linked to both Australia’s convict and colonial history, and to Governor Lachlan Macquarie.  Macquarie is sometimes called the ‘Father of Australia’.  While his legacy is chequered, he was undeniably central to shaping Sydney & New South Wales general trajectory in its formative years as a colony. He and his wife Elizabeth were also responsible for expanding Old Government House to its current structure.  The house is furnished as it would have been under their residence, in the style of the 1820s. Theresa and I were …

High fashion hairstyles for 1916 (and the ‘Hump’ hairpin)

Along with gorgeous fashion spreads, my August 1916 edition of The Designer magazine includes a fantastic assortment of advertisements illustration how people lived (or aspired to live) and what they bought (or aspired to buy) in the 1910s. Generally the food-related advertisements are more practical, and less aspirational, and the fashion & beauty related advertisements are very aspirational indeed.  They show what to wear to balls, and at the best resorts, and on ocean liners, while linking them back to everyday products. One of my favourite of the beauty ads is this one for The Hump Hairpin which “locks the locks”, featuring hairstyles purportedly designed by 7 of the leading hairstylists of the day.  Each hairstyle, of course, is held in place with Hump Hairpins. The hairstyles are a wonderful glimpse into the changing coiffures of the mid 1910s.  The move from low hairstyles, that sit on the nape of the neck, to high ones, with the volume concentrated at the top of the crown, is obvious.  So too is the growing fashion for very …

The Designer, August 1916

Summer fashions from August 1916

I shared a snippet of this fashion spread from the August 1916 issue of The Designer Magazine on Instagram, and thought you might enjoy seeing the full spread. The Designer was the magazine issued to market Standard Patterns.  It had colour and black and white fashion spreads, advertisements, articles on current events, home advice, and an agony aunt.  Just about everything! There is something for everyone in these spreads: shirtwaist and skirt combinations, full dresses, dresses in two parts.  There are more streamlined numbers for the sophisticated girl; frothy, delicate numbers for the lady who likes her frills: What do you think?  Which is your favourite?