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The Bowerbird and The Bride

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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Bridal gowns from 1860's to 1970's on display
In conjunction with QUT, Australian Costume Designer Marion Boyce, whose costumes have been featured in Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and The Dressmaker is holding an exhibition at Old Government House from 12 July to 19 August 2018. There will be over forty bridal gowns from the 1860's through to 1970's.

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Photo courtesy of The Bowerbird & The Bride Website


The exhibition, titled The Bowerbird & The Bride, was developed from a recent gift of a period and vintage wedding dresses, along with a number of her own outfits. Marion has been collecting garments since childhood from many places around the world as well as donations given to her by family and friends.

Along with the numerous wedding dresses on display, Marion has also added headpieces, bouquets and other restored accessories bringing life into every ensemble. The Bowerbird & The Bride is more than a wedding exhibition, it is a history lesson on a century of Australian wedding fashion.

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Photo courtesy QUT, Old Government House, The Bowerbird & The Bride, Facebook


Tickets are $26.00 for Adults with Pensioner and full-time Students (ID required) are $23.50 each. All tickets are dated and timed to avoid over-crowding at the exhibition. It is asked that you arrive fifteen minutes prior to your designated time slot, otherwise if late you will need to see a staff member and be allotted a new time. The final admission into the exhibition each day is 2.00pm. Food and drink are not permitted and pass outs are not available. Please be reminded to bring only a small bag as bags larger than A3 size will be not permitted into the venue.

Old Government House, which is located at 2 George Street Brisbane was completed in May 1862 at a cost of 17,000 pounds. It is a beautiful structure that has played an important role in the early years of our colony.
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Why? Bridal Fashion from 1860's to 1970's
When: 12 July to 19th August 2018
Phone: (07) 3138 4455
Where: Old Government House, 2 George Street, Brisbane
Cost: $26 A; Concession & Student $23.60
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