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See the fabulous style of the 1950's
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Kate Winslet as The Dressmaker (Image: National Trust)


The Dressmaker is an Australian film of the comedy drama genre, first released in 2015. The film stars Kate Winslet as a femme fatale in the role of the dressmaker, who returns to a small Australian town of Dungatar to look after her ill and mentally unstable mother. The Dressmaker film was based on the book of the same name by Rosalie Ham.

This locally produced film was shot in Melbourne and regional Victoria, and was released in October 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. The dual themes of revenge and creativity made the film an immediate success and it became the second highest grossing Australian film for 2015. It also received many nominations and Australian awards.

After the phenomenal popularity of the Miss Fisher's Costume Exhibition at Ayers House Museum, The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition is sure to be a huge success. The display, developed for the National Trust by award-winning designer Marion Boyce, offers a taste of 1950's Parisian couture. It contains than fifty costumes worn by actors including Kate Winslet and Sarah Snook.

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The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition is at Ayers House Museum, North Terrace


The Dressmaker takes us to the 1950s, where the clothes were quite different but no less elaborate. And what made the movie so visually stunning was its celebration of high fashion against the backdrop of the dusty Australian outback town of Dungatar"

It took two top designers Marion Boyce and Margot Wilson to create the comprehensive wardrobe. The exhibition features more than fifty of the costumes, including what Boyce jokingly refers to as the "Seal the Deal" dress worn by Snook's character in the film.

The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition is presented by the National Trust of South Australia in association with Film Art Media and Marion Boyce. It opens on Thursday September 1 and will run until December 11 (opening 10am-5pm from Tuesday until Sunday).

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Costume Exhibition Image: Emma Curry


Be transported from Ayers House Museum to the dusty town of Dungatar in the 1950's, and experience the journey of transformation through the artful and luxurious costumes worn by Kate Winslet and the cast of The Dressmaker.

The exhibition will reveal how the costumes, inspired by Parisian couture, were made and developed for the film. Visitors will be able to see the level of detail and artisanship which went into making the costumes. The exhibition features fifty designs by Marion Boyce as well as Tilly Dunnage's costumes designed by Margot Wilson.

For online bookings or more information about The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition see the website or follow Ayers House Museum on Facebook.

You can also learn all about the movie (if you haven't seen it) on the official website.
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Why? See the amazing costumes used in the award winning Australian film
When: 10am-5pm from Tuesday Sunday
Where: Ayers House Museum
Cost: See website
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