Monday, March 3, 2014

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition

On Saturday the Hubby and I braved the horrible weather to check out the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition that is currently on at Old Government House in Parramatta. The exhibition showcases over 40 outfits from the ABC series including some from the Christmas episode - Murder under the Mistletoe that were not displayed in Melbourne due to the episode being filmed at the time of the exhibition at Riponlea.
In the entrance to the house we were greeted with these stunning shawl as well as this beautiful ensemble. The white (faux) fur wrap was worn by Phryne in Death at the Victoria Docks. The dress was the one that Phryne was wearing when she was singing 'Lets Misbehave' with Jack in Dead Air. Just looking at this one item you can see the hours of work and the meticulous detailing that goes into each piece.
The first room we wandered into contained an array of hats from the series. The hubby and I had trouble picking favourites although I think mine is the red one in the centre of the top right photo or perhaps the blue one with the tassel in the bottom right. Each item was careful labeled with information about the item and the episode it appeared in.
My absolute favourite room of the exhibition was the one contain the outfits worn in the Christmas episode - Murder Under the Mistletoe. The room was so beautifully decked out to create a Christmas environment and the fatal pear Christmas tree lights were even hung on the wall.
The upstairs nursery contained outfits worn by Jane in the show including the absolutely stunning travelling hat and coat (laid on the bed) that she wore in the Christmas episode.
The last room of the exhibition (the kitchen) contained outfits from other cast members including Dot and Mrs Butler's dressing gowns, an ensemble belonging to Jack and a dark outfit of Phryne's. There was also the body of a poor headless woman (most likely a prostitute) in this rather garish (but beautifully made) black dress with chartreuse detailing.

As for the exhibition overall well I thoroughly enjoyed seeing these outfits in the flesh as it is a fantastic opportunity to really see the work and exquisite detailing that goes into each piece. My photos definitely don't do them justice. The items are beautifully displayed and I think any fan of the show or lover of 1920's costumes will adore this exhibition. I implore you to go see it and leave you with more photos of the exhibits:
The Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition is on at Old Government House, Parramatta until June 1st 2014. Tickets are available here:
Adults $16
Concession $13
Family $38 (2 adults & 2 children)
Groups (of 10-50 people) $13 per person
Discounts available for National Trust members


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    1. They really were stunning, as was the rest of the exhibition! x