‘The Dressmaker’ exhibition

Gahhh it has literally taken me a week to get this post up as I’ve been fighting to find a way to get photos from my iPad uploaded to Google Blogger. Who would have thought it would be so hard?! Anyway, grumbling aside, I got there in the end (via a battle with Google Photos and a terrible internet connection) – so here you have it. Hurrah!

On the plane on the way over I watched a film called The Dressmaker – set in Australia and starring Kate Winslet – which had THE most incredible costumes. So, I was interested to see in our touristy guide book that there was an exhibition of those very costumes at Rippon Lea House, a National Trust property in South Melbourne. With The Hubbie now at work and a full day ahead of me, I decided to venture out and catch the train down to Ripponlea to check it out. And I actually made it there without getting lost – yay!

The lovely Rippon Lea House is located in the Ripponlea area of Melbourne, which was named after the estate. The mansion was built in the 1860s, and sits within 7 acres of impressive manicured gardens.

The grounds leading up to the house are lush, green and leafy, and looked especially glorious on the day of my visit in the bright morning sunlight. Melbourne in general is much more ‘green’ than I had envisaged – perhaps down to the healthy amount of rainfall they get here!

The house itself was very ornate and beautiful…

…much like the costumes on show!

As you stroll through the rooms of the house, you discover various ensembles from the film with information on how they were designed and made.

This was my personal favourite, a black corseted dress with a sunray pleated cape.

After a walk around the exhibition, I emerged back into the sunlight to discover more of the gardens.

The sky was almost completely clear and the most beautiful shade of blue – no filter required!

And of course, I stopped for an obligatory selfie in the bushes…


Stay tuned for more Melbourne adventures! Xx


  1. Unknown
    May 11, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Becks you need an App called "Photosync" you have it on the iPad and the Computer. Launch app on iPad and select what you want to send to the computer. I know this can be done via iPhoto if using Mac but when you do that it syncs all your photos, which you might not want to do if you don't regularly use iPhoto. You know i take the odd photo….i use nothing else to transfer between devices…….your uncle John.

    • Late to the Party
      May 12, 2016 / 2:30 am

      Thanks! I have been using Google Photos but it's kinda slow to backup – I'll try that! X

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