The roaring 20's came alive at The Rippon Lea Estate. Featuring the Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition.
The series is based by the author Kerry Greenwood's novels and the drama was created by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger.
If you love history and fashion, then it's a must see!
Miss Fishers is an Australian murder mystery drama set in the 1920's . The series is about different murder mysteries that happen in Melbourne set in the 20's that Miss Phryne Fisher has to solve, she is a glamorous, independent private detective - she is determined to solve any crime! She is not only well known for her crime solving skills but her impeccable fashion taste. And best of all it's all filmed right here in Melbourne, along with some scene filmed inside the estate!
Before I get right into about the exhibition heres a couple of quick things you need to know about the history of The Rippon lea Estate!
- Designed by Architects Reed and Barnes in 1868 in the Lombardic Romanesque style ,
-The mansion was ‘modernised’ in the early twentieth century by its last owner Mrs. Louisa Jones, who incorporating many of the nineteenth century features, updated and ‘jazzed up’ the house in 1938
-Louisa and her family loved entertaining and Rippon Lea, after its redecoration in 1938, became the scene of lavish balls, parties, family weddings, and musical performances.Now you know a little bit about the history! .
-Rippon Lea was then passed to the care of the National Trust.
As we entered the mansion it was beautiful. My jaw hit the floor as i entered inside it was breathe taking, it really took you back in time to an era of glitz and glamour . The stain glass windows to the high ceilings the place was Devine and rich with history. At the beginning of walking in you have the choice to dress up.. of course i couldn't let the offer down!
I felt apart of the 20's walking around admiring each piece for what it was.
Inside was spectacular, each different room was a scene played out from the drama with the costumes. You could tell that the pieces were most definitelyvintage as it was fabric that you could no way near produce in todays fast fashion world. The elegant pieces draped off the mannequins as they could almost come to life. It was beautiful to see even pieces that dated back from the 1920's to be still in such fantastic delicate conditions. some of the pieces were sourced from ebay and shops but Marjory of the fabric was from Marion Boyce's own collection!
After a historical enchanting experience you can end your day with a nice pot of o'l fashion tea at the Wardlow Tea salon. It's very cute i must say! we had a pot of tea followed by a "murder in the dark" cake! rich chocolate cake waved with chocolate ganache…yumm!!!
I was very thankful to have written this article for you all and i do insist you check it out! History and fashion how can you say no!
You can purchase tickets here
Many thanks to Emma- National Trust Victoria,