Old Government House in Parramatta Park, NSW is busy with preparations to host the very special National Trust of NSW exhibit Love, Desire and Riches: the Fashion of Weddings. As sponsors of this fabulous exhibition we are very excited to announce that we have three double passes to give away to our lovely readers! (scroll down the page to find our online entry form – entries close midnight Thursday 9th July and the winners will be announced Friday 10th July)
Firstly for those who haven’t heard about the exhibit here is a little about what to expect:
‘Love Desire and Riches: the Fashion of Weddings’, is the latest exhibition the National Trust of NSW will host at Old Government house.
With a fusion of old and new, the exhibition covers over 200 years of wedding gowns, from historic garments from the early 19th century onward, iconic Australian film references, as well as celebrity gowns and haute couture from modern Australian designers.
Wedding fashion is examined as a symbol of romantic love, cultural etiquette and community celebration using pieces from the archives of the National Trust collections of Victoria and NSW. The NSW collection is in the process of being catalogued in full and some rare and beautiful pieces have been unearthed, which have never been on display before!
This exhibition will also showcase some show-stopping gowns from film, with the centrepiece of the collection being Nicole Kidman’s red dress from Moulin Rouge, accompanied by Ewan McGregor’s suit. Although not a wedding dress itself, this gown sizzles with desire and captures the essence of unrequited love, which we see again in the theming of Baz Luhrmann’s recent adaption of the Great Gatsby In which Carey Mulligan’s character, Daisy, marries for all the wrong reasons. Her bridal gown accompanied by her husband’s suit, worn by Australian actor Joel Edgerton, will also be on display.
And how could anyone hold an exhibition of this nature without including Muriel’s wedding! The exhibition will be showing the ‘big meringue’ that was Toni Collette’s break into stardom as the ‘Bride of all Brides’, Muriel.
‘Love Desire and Riches’ also aims to highlight the talents of contemporary Australian designers with gowns created by Akira Isagowa, Collette Dinnigan and Marianna Hardwick.
Modern celebrity gowns are juxtaposed against 19th century fashion from our Collection, contrasting glitz and glamour with the exquisite simplicity of cut and design.
Set against the backdrop of Old Government House in Parramatta Park, the oldest public building in Australia and listed as a World Heritage Site, the exhibition ‘Love, Desire and Riches: The Fashion of Weddings’ is a uniquely intimate glimpse into the world of bridal couture and cultural desire.
Exhibition runs 10 July until 1 November 2015.
Open: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
For more information and ticket bookings please see our website: www.lovedesireriches.com.au
Now for those who can’t wait to check it out for themselves be sure to enter via the form below by midnight Thursday 9th July to go into the draw to win one of three double passes for entry to this Sydney event.
(Winners will be notified on Friday 10th July and entry tickets will be mailed to the postal address provided on the entry form)