‘dressing australia - museum of costume’ is a privately funded museum that endeavors through its exhibitions to tell the story of clothes in a unique way.  every piece of clothing tells a story.  whether it was purchased for everyday use in the workplace or for a significant event in the wearer’s  life. 

‘dressing australia - museum of costume’ is not in a static location in a capital city or country town, but is a  ‘pop up museum’ that uses a variety of spaces ranging from libraries and galleries to shopping centres and fashion and antique fairs.  ‘dressing australia - museum of costume‘  launched their unique exhibitions in 2011 with ‘dressed for the voyage’ the ‘titanic’ exhibition for the centenary years of the launch in 1911 and the sinking of the ‘titanic’ in 1912.  using some fifty original dresses from the period the lives of many of the passengers aboard the ship were brought to life for the thousands of people who attended the exhibition in sydney, melbourne, canberra, adelaide, hobart and brisbane.

the biggest exhibition to date for was launched in 2015 - ‘women of empire 1914-1918’ which is to date still the only exhibition in the world telling the stories of the women of the First World War.  The exhibition has toured australia and new zealand extensively and an estimated half-a-million people have found out that not all heroes in the first world war wore khaki.......  Using over 100 original costumes from the first world war the lives of some seventy australian and new zealand women have been brought to life.  From the nurses who served on the front line to the mothers who waited at home for the telegram or visit from the minister.  In 2017 and 2018 the exhibition continues to travel australia and new zealand.

in may 2018 the sequel to ‘women of empire 1914-1918’ was launched.  ‘women of empire - the homecoming’ tells the stories of the women at the end of the great war.   the war bride, the bereaved wife and mother, the soldier settler, the socialite who’d found a new path, the wife whose husband was ‘never the same’, the nurse determined to make her mark, the campaigner who had to find a new campaign…..

the response from the public as well as museums, libraries and galleries that have staged ‘women of empire 1914-1918’ has been such that ‘dressing australia - museum of costume’ have been approached tp provide other new and exciting costume exhibitions.......

launched in april 2017 to coincide with the jane austen bicentenary ‘be persuaded’ uses original fashion, fashion accessories, watercolours of period fashion and documents of the era to bring to life jane austen and some of the characters from her works.  this exhibition will be travelling australia,  new zealand and now the uk indefinitely.  the public  response to the exhibition has been overwhelming.

this year, 2019 will see the launch of ‘the best of times  the worst of times - a woman’s lot in charles dickens.  next year, 2020 sees the 150th anniversary of the passing of charles dickens whose novels features over four hundred women.  favorites such as betsy trotswood, estella, amy dorit and madame defarge all feature in this exhibition.

keeping the spirit of 1945 alive - ‘fashion on the ration’ is an exhibition that pays tribute to the women of australia, new zealand and the empire in the second world war and is a special commemorative exhibition for the 75th anniversary of the end of ww2.

‘everyone loves a nice dress’.  brideswear revisited’ features two hundred years of original wedding dresses including the major collection of wedding gowns from castle howard in the uk.

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