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The Darnell Collection - Fashion Meets Fiction

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by Naomi Parry (subscribe)
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Upwey is a very pretty town up towards Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges. It's now seen to be a suburb of Melbourne, even though it is 32 kms east of Melbourne up the Burwood Highway and folk still think of it as a "sleepy little village".

Too often motorists drive right through without ever stopping to see what attractions it holds. The main Burwood Highway bypasses the small shopping precinct which explains why many people don't even know of Upwey. There's a very old saying by folk who have lived in the hills for a long time, "oh, you know, up Upwey way".

The Burrinja Cultural Centre is housed in a modern yet sensitively styled building that has been transformed in recent years to become the hub of a throbbing arts and cultural centre incorporating restaurant, galleries, and gift shops. Burrinja is located at the corner Glenfern Rad and Matson Drive, Upwey, Victoria, 3158. Their telephone number is: 9754 8723 and their opening hours are 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

During the period 9th November 2012 through to 17th February 2013, Burrinja cultural Centre is presenting a display of costumes encompassing the fashion scene from the 1800s through to the present day from the International Darnell Collection.



Included in this international collection's display are garments and accessories, put together over more than 75 years, firstly by Charlotte Smith's godmother Doris Darnell, and added to ever since by Christine, including many donated garments from women who have had and loved fashion throughout the ages. See excerpts from favourite books together with the fashions of those times. Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind; Phryne Fisher; Little House on the Prairie and many more.



Exquisite silks, satins, beadwork, sequins and furs. Beautifully executed dressmaking of the highest quality; hand sewn with passion.

For the fashion student through to any woman who loves and appreciates beautifully created and styled fashion, this is a must-see event.

The Darnell Collection is not to be missed by those who love fashion as seen through the eyes of the couturiers of the past and present.

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