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Vintage Fair in the Whale Mall

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
The fabulous fifties, sixties, & seventies
To coincide with 'Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour & Gwen Gillam' exhibition (August 2, 2012 to February 24, 2013), the Queensland Museum is hosting a Vintage Fair in the Whale Mall. This free event will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 10am until 4pm.
Vintage Fair in the Whale Mall, Queensland Museum

Gwen Gillam was a Brisbane fashion designer during the fifties and sixties, who was regarded by her generation as "the best". The Vintage Fair will highlight this period with vintage fashion, fabric, buttons, jewellery, hats, homewares, curios, collectables, corsages, and more. Brisbane's popular Suitcase Rummage will be part of the fair, with over thirty suitcase stalls selling vintage and vintage-inspired items.

Put on your prettiest frock or favourite vintage attire from the fifties, sixties, or seventies. Prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed. To complete your look, have your hair and make-up styled by the Bombshell Burlesque and Beauty Academy. Make-up costs $25 while $30 will buy you a fabulous vintage do: victory rolls, beehive, or hollywood hair. Following your glamour makeover, have a mini vintage photoshoot with Kahlia Litzow, Queensland's premier burlesque photographer. Pin-up pictures cost $10 for one digital retouched image or three images for $20.

Bombshell Burlesque and Beauty Academy
Haylee Comet of Bombshell Burlesque

Take part in a free workshop with the Brisbane Embroiderer's Guild and the Lace Guild. Have a bite to eat at the Collector's Cafe (Level 2) or buy a bag of popcorn or a sweet treat from the Country Women's Association food stall. Be entertained by the DJ spinning vintage vinyl or enjoy some live music with Brisbane's bluegrass band, The Company; performing at 1pm and 2:15pm.

Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour & Gwen Gillam, Queensland Museum

While you're at the museum, visit the Gwen Gillam exhibit and/or join a free floor talk with the curators of 'Dressed by the Best: Fashion, Glamour & Gwen Gillam', Dr Michael Marendy & Carmen Burton. Floor talks take place at 11.30am and 1.30pm at 'The Lounge' on Level 4. Admission is free.
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Why? Celebrate a vintage era
When: Saturday, August 4, 2012; from 10am until 4pm
Where: Queensland Museum, South Bank
Cost: Free entry
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