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Brighton Historical Society Brighton, Victoria

Brighton Historical Society was founded in March, 1963 for the purposes of forming a historical society in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton. Today the Society has about 200 members.

Contact Information

location
PO Box 266 Brighton Victoria 3186 (map)
phone
+61 03 9553 8650

Contact

Opening Hours

The rooms are open to visitors & researchers on Thursdays, from 12 noon to 5:00 pm

Entry Fee

Entry is free. We undertake email and written research requests for a fee of $20 per hour which includes photocopying and postage

Location

First Floor Brighton Arts and Cultural Centre (Old Brighton Town Hall) Corner Carpenter and Wilson Streets Brighton Victoria

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The Bayside community is fortunate to have an extensive collection of costume, representing social life and fashions in our local area from early settlement through to the modern day. Our costume collection is of State significance and is the most comprehensive collection of costume in any historical society or small museum in Victoria. 

The collection includes children’s wear, evening gowns, dresses, hats, gloves, shawls, nightgowns, underwear, menswear, fans, shoes, swimwear and handbags. 

The Brighton Historical Society will loan costume to recognised organisations that use current conservation techniques. We have previously loaned items to the Bayside Council for an exhibition at the Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre and to the National Trust for exhibitions at Rippon Lea and Como House. 

We welcome donations to our costume collection. Items are assessed and accepted on the basis of their relevance to the ongoing history of the area, their connection to Brighton or their rarity.

History
Costume has been donated since the Society began in 1963. Some was even purchased in the days when Victorian items were still to be found on sale in local op shops. The origins and size of the collection are attributable to the foresight of the founder of the BHS, Mrs Rosalind Landells OAM. 

In the early days little was known of conservation techniques but as time progressed and we became aware of the treasures held, methods were implemented by volunteers to care for the costumes in the best way possible using available funds. 

Four conservation friendly wardrobes were purchased from the Performing Arts Museum to house the collection and later a Bayside Council Grant enabled us to have six more wardrobes built. Volunteers triple washed unbleached calico in pure Lux soap flakes before sewing covers for costumes and for coat hangers. Some acid free boxes were purchased from Zetta Florence to store our most important items. 

Thanks to a 2017 Local History Grant from the Public Record Office Victoria, we have been able to further improve our collection storage and records, and share more of our fascinating costume with the public. Items are continually being added to Victorian Collections, and a community workshop is being planned.

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131 items

131 items

Dress - Evening dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Purple silk full length dress with cream neckline and arm hole band trim and white decorative beading over waist. The bodice joins front and back at the shoulder with a decorative purple ring. The lining is made of magenta coloured silk.

Historical information

Gifted to Di by a previous manager of the Bayside Gallery, who herself wore this dress to a fancy-dress event after finding the dress in a local opportunity shop. This dress was subsequently worn by Di Reidie to a party with friends at the Windsor Hotel, Melbourne to celebrate and watch the televised royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018

Significance

Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection. The 2018 wedding of British royal Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to American actress Meghan Markle was a significant historic and popular event, as is common for royal marriages. The Windsor Hotel in Spring Street Melbourne established in 1883 and originally called The Grand Hotel is the last grand standing hotel of its kind in Australia and is the work of famed architect of the era Charles Webb. It once had many peers now demolished. The hotel was renamed The Windsor in 1923 in honour of the visit of His Royal Highness, the Prince of wales. The hotel has hosted Royalty, distinguished guests and celebrities.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Exclusively Yours Hartnell REGD Melbourne", "Exclusive Finest Imported Fabric"

Dress - Evening dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

A full length slim fitting gown of gold metal thread and black thread self wave design fabric. The dress features a shawl collar, vertical pleat bodice, three panel, peaked front skirt. The dress secures with press studs at the centre front for modesty with a full left side opening secured by press studs. The sleeve features a front and back seam creating a squared shoulder head with fullness that is pleated in centre on the arm. the sleeve length is above the elbow.

Historical information

Purchased in 2012 by Di Reidie from the “Lisa Ho Collection” auction – Di wishes she had purchased more items from this significant collection when it was auctioned as part of sale of assets due to the business falling into deep debt. The collection had been used as a source of design inspiration, particularly for print by Ho in her highly successful fashion business for many years and featured significant clothing items collected from around the world. “Lisa Ho Collection” auction catalogue.

Significance

Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection. Lisa Ho was a Sydney based fashion designer and fashion label. The label won many awards and enjoyed significant financial success for many years. In unfortunate circumstances it closed in 2012 with considerable debts after growing from humble beginnings in 1982 and becoming a considerable force in the Australian fashion industry. The Lisa Ho Collection of vintage goods were auctioned to recuperate funds. The collection had been a source of design inspiration for Ho and featured many significant Australian and International fashion items.

Jacket - Kimono

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Pure silk black kimono with red silk lining. The kimono features floral and leaf motif machine embroidery in pale pink and green.

Historical information

In 2006 fellow BHS volunteer Liz Gay thoughtfully gave Di a copy of the book “Alligators, Old Mink and New Money” by Alison Houtte for Di’s upcoming trip to New York. Di was inspired to seek out Alison and her store “Hooti Couture” in New York and obtained her signature within the book along with this kimono. Unfortunately, this copy of the book was loaned to a friend and went missing but the BHS holds a replacement copy, without Alison’s signature.

Significance

Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection. "Hooti Couture" was a family run vintage and secondhand clothing store at 321 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA. The author of the book "Alligators, Old Mink and New Money" (2005) Alison Houtte was an owner and operator of the store 1995 - 2015. The late 2000's saw a rise in the popularity and prevalence of vintage fashions in the conventional fashion scene in Australia and internationally. This popularity has been long lasting with declines evident from c.2015

Inscriptions & Markings

"Made in Japan"

Jacket

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Black polyester leather look jacket with black polyester lining. The jacket features a centre front opening secured by six black press studs, two bust height flap pockets with press studs, and collar. Full length sleeves with band and black press stud closure. The jacket features diamanté decorative finish along the collar and shoulder placket.

Historical information

Olivia Newton John black faux-leather jacket – purchased by Di’s husband at a charity fundraiser for the Austin Health Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre Appeal in 2004 for approximately $1000. Donated by Olivia Newton John from her wardrobe and since worn by both Di and her daughter Kathryn. The nature of this jacket being made of faux leather and post manufacture addition of glued on diamanté's would indicate this jacket was part of a stage costume rather than personal wardrobe of Olivia Newton John.

Significance

Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection. Olivia Newton John is a well known English born, Australian actress, singer, business woman and philanthropist. Newton John has had a long and esteemed career however remains best known for her starring role in the 1978 classic film GREASE opposite John Travolta. She also enjoyed considerable commercial music success with the 1981 pop song "Physical" a cult classic. Newton John opened store "Koala Blue" which sold Australian goods in the USA. Newton John has endured significant cancer related health issues and has engaged in significant public awareness and philanthropic support of cancer prevention and treatment in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

"IMMAGINE, Made in Italy" "40" "Made in Italy, Fabrique en Italie, 100% Polyiestere, Polyestere, Polyester, Polyester" Personal signature of Olivia Newton John in fine silver pen, "Love Olivia Newton John, 04".

Dress - Cocktail dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

A blue mid calf length polyester dress with prominent gathered and padded shoulders, horizontally ruched bodice, high scoop neckline, full length sleeves and dropped waist. The skirt is of plain blue polyester mock wrap style with ruched blue spiral detail on left leg seam of bodice to skirt. The dress secures at the centre back with a nylon zip and self covered button. The sleeve is lined with mauve / pink polyester

Historical information

This c1980s cocktail dress was purchased by Di Reidie secondhand in c.2000 to wear to "Dame Edna" themed hen's night costume party.

Significance

Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection. Teena Varigos was a long running Melbourne based Australian fashion label specialising in after five, cocktail, party and race wear. "Dame Edna" is the most popular and well known alter ego of prominent Australian comic Barry Humphries. The character of "Dame Edna" parodies Humphries perception of an Australian snobbish suburban "house wife". The character is known for its extreme "Australiana" and absurd costuming, acerbic wit and biting accuracy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturers label "Teena Varigos" "Size 14, To Fit Bust 90cm, Waist 70cm, Hip 95cm" "Do not iron pleating" "100% Polyester, Warm Iron, Dry Clean Only"

Evening outfit - Four piece outfit of blouse, camisole, skirt and wrap

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

A four piece outfit of blouse / cardigan, camisole, skirt and wrap. Double layered silk wrap, outer layer of silk chiffon. Both ends feature and embroidered band of brown and black cotton, copper wire, and copper glass beads. Camisole of black and copper shot polyester rayon with wide shoulder straps and small shoulder pads. Blouse of brown silk chiffon, V neck centre front button through cardigan with eleven silk covered buttons and loops. Feature patch pockets over front hip and full length sleeves. The neckline and sleeve edge feature copper coloured glass bead trim. Full length double layered straight skirt with black and copper shot polyester rayon lining and silk chiffon overskirt. The skirt secures centre back with a nylon zip and botton closure. The skirt features a centre front embroidered panel of brown and black cotton leaf and flower motifs, with copper wire and copper glass beads.

Historical information

The purchase of this c.1997 ensemble was significant for Di Reidie, she considers it her first major purchase of this nature and she felt it appropriate to honour it with a suitable event to which to wear it. She decided to hold a "Titanic" themed party for friends at her home in 1998. The event included an eleven course meal prepared by Di, and "Titanic" themed decoration including a row boat in the back yard.

Significance

Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection. Easton Pearson was a prominent and celebrated Australian fashion label based in Brisbane, Queensland. The design duo of Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson, used significant hand crafts and cultural influences in their work between 1989 and 2016. The label won many awards as well as enjoying significant commercial success. In 1997 a feature film "Titanic" by James Cameron and starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo De Caprio was released and quickly became a cultural phenomenon. The film won 11 Academy awards of its 14 nominations. The film relates a fictional story based upon the true events of the tragic sinking of the "unsinkable" ship "Titanic" on her maiden voyage from England to America in 1912, after striking an iceberg and fatally rupturing the hull.

Inscriptions & Markings

manufacturers label "Oh, Easton Pearson", "Pure Silk", "Polyester Rayon", Care label, "M"

Trousers - "Howard Showers" trousers

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Cream coloured cotton French terry cloth pants with metal zip fly front, branded button closure, feature red stitching and printed cars in black ink. There are several car designs featured with each design appearing c1960s - 1970s. One car design features the name "Howard" on its number plate.

Historical information

These novelty car print "Howard Showers" pants were worn by Di Reidie to many car rally events in Victoria, Australia and USA between 1990 and 2010. Di would perform the role of navigator in a team with her husband at these events.

Significance

Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection. The choice of the wearing of these pants to these events is indicative of Di's sense of humour and attitude towards clothing.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturers label "Howard Showers, Holiday, size 12" Metal button inscription "Howard Showers, Syd (Sydney), Aust (Australia). "Made in Australia". Care label.

Shoes

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Black silk linear quilted uppers of single piece construction with feature centre front vamp seam. Horsehair wadding can be seen along the side of the forefoot where the upper is coming away from the leather soles. Approx 4.5 cm plain black silk covered heel with leather top piece missing from right shoe. Both shoes feature the head of a small preserved mink with glass eyes. The toppling of the vamp features a decorative strip of mink fur. Inside of both shoes is a gold printed manufacturers label on the black silk insole.

Historical information

Di Reidie purchased these c1890s shoes in c1990s and worn them to approx three events within the last 25 - 30 years. Di enjoyed the novelty and conversation they would inspire due to their unusual appearance by modern standards. The wearing of these shoes is indicative of Di's playful approach to clothing and life.

Significance

Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection. The decorative preserved mink pelt with head featured on vamp of these shoes is typical of Victorian era interest in and prevalent use of preserved animals for decorative purposes in clothing, millinery and household adornment. This fashion reflected social positing of oneself as being affluent, educated and worldly. Following the death of Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert in 1861, the Queen's approach to mourning his death influenced social conventions for the public with the wearing of black becoming a significant aspect of Victorian fashions. Kendal Milne & Co was a large department store on Deansgate, Manchester. It has traded under various names and owners since it opened in 1832; it traded as Kendal Milne & Co from 1862-1919, and continued to be known by this name for many years after. The store is currently owned by the House of Fraser department store chain and known as House of Fraser Manchester.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturers label - Made expressly for Kendall Milne and Co, Manchester.

Dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

c1930s black cotton filet net dress with white cotton embroidered flowers. The dress fastens centre front with three hook and eyes, eleven black silk covered buttons and finished with black acetate ribbon band pussy bow at the neck , is slim fitting and finishes at approximately knee length. The head of the sleeve is gathered with a small shoulder band and finishes above the elbow with a black silk band.

Historical information

This c1930s dress was purchased in 1983 by Di Reidie to wear to her sister's Registry Office wedding in William Street, Melbourne. The dress has been subsequently worn to a great number of occasions and was an important piece in Di's wardrobe.

Significance

Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection. This c1930s dress was the first vintage clothing item purchased and worn by Di Reidie and was the starting point of a lifelong relationship with the preservation and promotion of historic clothing.

Inscriptions & Markings

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Outfit - Evening outfit - dress and jacket

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

A two piece ensemble consisting of long evening dress and matching jacket, cropped jacket of black acetate. The jacket features a tie front and long buttoned sleeve. The full length dress is slim fitting with centre back zip, shoestring straps and shaped bust with ruched centre front.

Historical information

This two piece ensemble was purchased and worn by Di Reidie from fashion boutique "The House of Merivale and Mr John" to attend a performance of "The Sleeping Beauty" by London Festival Ballet, featuring Rudolph Nureyev at The Palais, St Kilda in May, 1975.

Significance

Di Reidie was a volunteer and president of Brighton Historical Society from 1999 - 2016. Originally from New Zealand, Di and her family have lived in Male Street, Brighton for many years and been active community members. During her time at BHS, Di has contributed significantly to the establishment, preservation and promotion of the Costume collection as well as the Brighton Historical society as a whole. Di was also a vintage clothing dealer and amassed her own significant costume and ephemera collection. "The House of Merivale and Mr John" - the first "House of Merivale" boutique was opened in Castlereagh St, Theatre Royal Building, Sydney in 1959 by designer Merivale Hemmes and her husband and business partner John Hemmes, later expanding to three stores in Pitt Street, Sydney, a store in Canberra and one in Melbourne. In the 1960s and 70s the boutique and the Hemmes held considerable influence on street fashions. The store stocked many influential labels of the time such as Prue Acton, Kenneth Pirrie and Norma Tullo along with Merivale's own designs and was staffed by many people who went on to become known in their own right including Chrissy Amphlett of the Divinyls. The store was also a popular destination of international celebrities such as Liza Minelli, Cher, Mick Jagger and Marlene Dietrich. The family remain well known for their businesses in hospitality. Rudolph Nureyev - Born March 17th Soviet Republic of Bashkir, USSR 1938 to a Tartar Muslim family - Dies January 6th 1993, Paris, France. He defected from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961. The story of his defection has served as material for further artistic works. Rudolph Nureyev is considered one of the most important and accomplished dancers, choreographers and directors of his time and his frequent artistic partnership with Dame Margot Fonteyn held in high esteem. "The Sleeping Beauty" a prologue and three act ballet based on the fairy story by Charles Perrault. The ballet by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa was first directed by Nureyev in 1966 for Scala Opera House, Milan. Nureyev created 4 versions of the ballet, considered to be the pinnacle of classical ballet. The Palais Theatre, St Kilda, Melbourne. 14 Lower Esplanade Street St Kilda. Constructed in 1927 as the Palais Pictures by American entrepreneurs, Herman, Harold and Leon Phillips, who had previously established the Palais De Danse in 1913 and Luna Park in 1912 which flanked The Palais Theatre at the time. (Luna Park remains) The Palais Theatre is of cultural and architectural significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Mandamatilda", "Dry Clean Only, SSW

Shawl

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Large blue silk shawl with reversible woven metallic thread floral pattern and deep fringing.

Historical information

Worn by Rose Caplan who was the donor, Ida Gouttman's mother. Anne Gouttman was married to Ida's son Rodney. Anne and her mother, Maria Frisch, emigrated to Australia in 1948 after surviving the Holocaust. Anne had been hidden throughout the war by a Polish family. At the end of the war Anne was reunited with her mother, who had survived a number of concentration camps. There are a number of items belonging to Maria Frisch also in the collection.

Pearl collars and box

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Two artificial pearl collars in original cardboard box. One collar is constructed with two tiers of interlaced pearls and the other with three. The lid of the box is covered in a textured printed cram paper with a flower and sprig pattern in red, brown and green. T0099.1- small necklace T0099.2 - large necklace T0099.3 - box lid T0099.4 - box base

Historical information

The collars were made by Maria Frisch who, according to information provided by her daughter, survived seven concentration camps and emigrated to Australia via Italy in 1948. Maria and her daughter Anne were Polish. Anne was hidden by a Polish family throughout the war and Maria found Anne after the war. When they emigrated to Melbourne, they lived in Martin Street, Brighton. Maria's husband, and Anne's father, died in Dachau. Maria married Jack Frisch after the war.

Gloves - Gloves with original paper bag

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Pair of black suede gloves with original paper bag from Florence. The gloves are embroidered with small pink rosebuds and green leaves. They are unused and are still tacked together. T0098.1 - left glove T0098.2 - right glove T0098.3 - paper bag

Historical information

These gloves belonged to Maria Frisch who, according to information provided by her daughter, survived seven concentration camps and emigrated to Australia via Italy in 1948. Maria and her daughter Anne were Polish. Anne was hidden by a Polish family throughout the war and Maria found Anne after the war. When they emigrated to Melbourne, they lived in Martin Street Brighton. Maria's husband, and Anne's father, died in Dachau. Maria married Jack Frisch after the war.

Inscriptions & Markings

Paper bag, printed in blue and red: "Vasto assortimento GUANTI in pelle / A LARGE STOCK OF KID GLOVES / BEFORE YOU BUY, VISIT US / ELEGANCE AT LOW PRICES / MARIA PIA NICCOLINI / P.za S. Lorenzo Stand N. 21 / FIRENZE

Blouse

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Cream silk short-sleeved blouse. Hand embroidered around inside of stand collar, centre front panel and sleeve edge in red, blue, black and green floral and geometric design.

Historical information

Silk blouse made by Toula Mavrokefalos, the mother of long-time Brighton resident Olga Black. Olga Maria Black was born in Melbourne in 1930, the daughter of Ithacan migrants Constantine and Toula Mavrokefalos. Constantine first emigrated to Australia in 1902, returning to Greece circa 1912-13 to serve his home country in the Balkan Wars. Toula's family had left Ithaca for Romania when she was only six months old, but she happened to be visiting the island at the very time that Constantine arrived, fresh from the war. Within three weeks they were married, and when Constantine returned to Melbourne in 1914 his new bride came with him. Constantine had trained as an accountant, but his qualifications were not recognised in Australia. Changing his surname to the Anglicised "Black", he started off working in his older brother Dionysios's cafés before going into business on his own. In 1917 he opened the Paris Residential Café at 54-56 Swanston Street, which offered both dining and accommodation. The business saw some years of success, but did not survive the Great Depression. Constantine died in 1944. Olga's mother Toula learned to sew as a child, while growing up in the Romanian village of Brila. She developed her skills making lace and embroidering items for her trousseau. Some of the linen she embroidered had been woven from flax on Ithaca by her own grandmother, Efstathia. During the Depression, when money was scarce, Toula embroidered at home, doing work for a factory in Flinders Lane. Using a cotton reel, a threepence and a sixpence she created and embroidered designs on hundreds of blouses. Olga spent her preschool days sitting at the table where her mother worked. Toula would involve Olga by allowing her to help choose the colour combinations. Toula lived with Olga in Brighton until her death in 1976. Olga inherited her mother's sewing skills. She re-invented some of Toula’s trousseau nightdresses and skilfully altered other clothing, making dresses which she wore around Brighton for many years.

Dress - Wedding dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Cream silk princess line wedding dress with scalloped neck edge, ruched front bodice panel and ruched and gathered panels on skirt. Three-quarter length sleeves with slashed sleeve details. Centre back opening fastened with silk thread covered buttons.

Dress - Evening dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Two piece ivory satin evening dress. Bodice is decorated with central panel of finely pleated chiffon and embellished with ready-made strips of beading and artificial pearls. Short puffed sleeves. Russet coloured velvet band applied to waist of bodice and finished with a metal rosette. Plain gored satin skirt with cream velvet binding around hem.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label, printed grey on cream cotton, centre back bodice waist: Bussell, Robson & Bussell / MELBOURNE.

Vest

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Fairisle patterned hand-knitted vest in beige, brown, yellow, green and red.

Historical information

Knitted by the donor's grandmother, Elsie Hone. Knitted using bicycle spokes as knitting needles. Elsie Hone (nee Stone) was born in 1890 and died in 1987. She had six children and she apparently knitted this vest for her second son (fifth child), Albert George Hone (b.1914) for his 18th birthday. Albert and his wife Grace had four daughters between 1942 and 1951. The donor's mother, Ina Harriet Nilsson, was born in 1925 (fourth daughter, sixth child of Elsie) and as she had a son, the donor's uncle George (Albert?) passed it on to her. Both the donor's elder brothers wore and out-grew the vest and eventually it was passed on to the donor, Ray Nilsson. The vest was worn for many years while the donor worked at VACC Insurance Co Ltd in St Kilda Road, Melbourne and in the North Sydney, Canberra and Dandenong offices and it was a talking point as he recalled the story. (Information provided by the donor)

Dress - Evening dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Salmon pink silk chiffon evening dress. Short puffed sleeves with embroidered flowers; cross-over draped front bodice; shirred wasit line; full-length skirt with floral embroidered hem. Centre back opening fastened with a row of pink satin covered buttons and rouleaux loops.

Dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Dusty pink crepe full length bias-cut dress. Long fitted sleeves. Peplum attached to waist. Opens centre front and fastened with 20 clear plastic toggle buttons and rouleaux loops. Double cape feature attached to neck and seamed into sleeves. Self belt attached to side back. Full-length bias cut skirt.

Dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Black chiffon and lace dress with long sleeves, scooped neckline. Lozenge shaped lace pattern; machine top-stiched chiffon panels.

Historical information

This dress belonged to Christina Barclay 'Ina' Strahan (nee Guinn, 1889-1974), the mother of donor Sheila Alston (1911-2008). Ina married medical practitioner Dr Septimus Strahan in 1909 and the family lived in a stately home in Moonee Ponds from 1912 until Septimus' untimely death at 56 in 1933. Ina later moved to Sandringham, where her daughter Sheila also settled after her marriage to Peter Alston.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label, woven, blue on cream cotton, centre back: MADE IN FRANCE

Dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Sleeveless black cotton voile dress printed with large cream and apricot coloured roses. Dropped waist; bias-cut triangular draping applied to front neck; two horizontal bands of black voile inserted into skirt.

Historical information

Worn by Dame Marie Breen DBE OBE, Federal Senator for Victoria and Brighton resident. Marie Freda Breen (nee Chamberlin) was born on 3 November 1902, died 17 June 1993. Marie became the first female senator for Victoria in 1962. In 1959 she was appointed an Officer of the British Empire for her work in the role of State President of the National Council of Women (Victoria) and in 1979 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Suit

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Pink taffeta suit comprising jacket, skirt and belt. Fitted jacket with peplum. Machine-quilted shawl collar and separate belt. Calf-length pencil skirt with V-shaped pleated insert centre back. .1 - jacket .2 - skirt .3 - belt

Inscriptions & Markings

Label, woven silver on cream acetate, centre back jacket and skirt: Prue Acton

Dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Printed cotton maxi dress with long sleeves. Print of red, navy, white and green spots. Shirtmaker front which fastens with three covered buttons.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label, woven maroon on cream acetate, centre back: Imported / from Italy / BY GEORGES / OF COLLINS STREET

Evening outfit

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Silver, blue and green knitted lurex evening outfit comprising maxi dress and short blue lurex jacket with short sleeves. Sleeveless high-necked dress with bold seaweed design. Fastens centre back with long metal zip. Jacket and dress fully lined with dark blue lining.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label, woven black on white acetate centre back jacket: Tricó / ROMA

Skirt

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Blue cotton circular skirt with white cord design of men and women dancing around the hem. Fastens with a metal sip in left proper side seam.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label, printed red on cream cotton, centre back: Milton Harding / MELBOURNE / GUARANTEED TAILORED / & HAND FINISHED (image of skirt)

Dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Sheer black silk chiffon dress with black beaded front detail and pin tucked front skirt. Long pointed beaded collar. Long sleeves with nine rows of horizontal pin tucking on lower edge.

Cape

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Black silk satin cape with corded design. Black fur trim on collar, centrefront openings and hem. Lined with quilted black silk. Watch pocket on left proper interior. Wool interlining.

Dress - Evening dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Strapless pink organza cocktail-length dress. Finely pleated bodice and skirt laid on to a heavy vilene. Decorated around the waist with pink organza flowers and two bands of pink satin, one around the bodice and the other around the lower part of the skirt.

Historical information

Belonged to Louris White, nee Larsen-Disney, whose wedding dress from 1948 is also in the collection. Louris and her husband lived at 49 South Road, Brighton, just a few doors down from her family.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label: printed black on cream acetate side front bodice: Original / Margeaux / REGD. / of Melbourne / IMPORTED FABRIC

Dress and shoes

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Floral cotton dress with matching belt and shoes. Sleeveless polished cotton cream dress with large red, pink and brown rose print. Heavily ruched front. The skirt has an in-built crinoline structure made with thick Vielene lining and corded hoops. Separate belt with bow at centre front. Shoes made to match by 'Suzette' in their original box. .1- dress .2 - belt .3 a-b - pair of shoes .4 a-b - shoe box and lid

Historical information

Brighton local Margaret Cooke (nee Parish) had this dress made for the Miss Summer Festival competition fundraiser. The idea for the dress came from a photograph in the Womens' Weekly. A professional dressmaker cut and made the dress. It has an 18" waist. There is a black and white photocopy on file of the dress being worn at the time.

Inscriptions & Markings

Shoes - Label, printed in gold on white leather in sock: Suzette / Styled in / NEW YORK-PARIS-ST. LOUIS

Dress - Wedding dress

Brighton Historical Society, Brighton

Wedding dress of white lace. V-neckline, long fitted sleeves and train. Large bow at back.

Historical information

Wedding dress worn by May Dunne who was married on 11 April 1942 at the Newtown Methodist Church in Aberdeen Street, Geelong. The lace was purchased with wartime coupons. The couple lived in Brighton and May was a member of the Brighton Historical Society when she donated the dress.