Embroidered history on show at Kiama Library

LONG before the fashionistas of today were deciding "the look", dress was an important element of human expression.

From status to style, culture to professional identity, clothes have defined us.

Kiama Library will explore the history of threads and unpick the meaning behind the wardrobes of the past with an exploration into fashions from the 1920s.

The Cavalcade of History of Fashion will share with us a collection of beaded and embellished 1920s evening dresses.

These stunningly illustrate the influences of the post-World War I Art Deco design, the Paris avant-garde, haute couture designers and artists, as well as the artisan embroiderers who made such creations possible.

The Cavalcade of History of Fashion is a collection of historic gowns and accessories and their collection dates from the late 1700s. Kiama Library will welcome this not-for-profit volunteer community group to share with us Australia's social and fashion history.

Sue Eggins from the Kiama & District Historical Society will also talk about Kiama's three-time Academy Award Winner for Costume Design Orry Kelly and the articles he wrote for the St Petersburg Times in 1940, 1941 and 1942.

Mr Kelly made repeated requests to study fashion in Paris each year but Warner Bros rejected his requests.

The fashion event will take place at Kiama Library on September 22 at 2.30pm. Although this is a free event bookings are essential as afternoon tea will be provided. Please drop into Kiama Library to make your booking or phone 4233 1133.

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