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Stone's Style: Jessica Simon, A Life in Fashion

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This Summer, The Gold Museum Ballarat is proudly showcasing the fashions of one of Ballarat's most prominent figures during the mid-20th century, Jessica Simon (nee Stone).

Fashion director, clothing designer, retailer, philanthropist, world traveller and local style icon, Jessica Simon was a key figure in Ballarat's fashion history.

She played a managerial role in her family's business, Stone's Drapery Store (in operation 1860-1965), which was widely considered the place in Ballarat for fashion purchases, in particular wedding gowns. She also co-hosted a fashion program on local television station BTV6, and designed many of the garments for sale in the store.

Jessica was also a great philanthropist, hosting a wide range of charitable events in the region, and was actively involved in the establishment of the Gold Museum.

This unique exhibition, entitled 'Stone's Style: Jessica Simon, A Life in Fashion', honours and celebrates this true style icon.

The showcase includes a dozen feature garments dating from 1950s right through until the 70s, including wedding dresses, dinner gowns, cocktail frocks and tailored suits, as well as a range of accessories, such as shoes, hats and handbags.

One key piece in the exhibition is a reproduction of Princess Margaret's wedding gown. Made by the staff in the workroom of Stone's, this dress was inspired by the gown worn by Princess Margaret for her wedding to the 1st Earl of Snowden.

This was the first royal wedding to be televised and generated enormous public interest. The reproduction dress features a tulip neckline, and is made from off-white satin brocade. The large pleats on the skirt have been edged with a cream coloured piping.

Drawing on material donated to the Gold Museum, this exhibition explores the life of the woman who was affectionately known to the Ballarat public as just "Jessica" of Stone's.

This exhibition will run from Wednesday 26th of November 2014 to Sunday 1st of March 2015.

Tickets are priced as follows: Adult $11.50; Child (5-15) $6.10; Concession - $9.20; Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $30.50.

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When: 26th November 1st March, 2015
Where: Gold Museum, Ballarat
Cost: Adult $11.50, Child (5-15) $6.10, Concession - $9.20, Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $30.50.
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