Romance and Glamour: 150 Years of Dressing in Brisbane

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  • Location: St Mary's Church, 17 William St, Tewantin 4565 Queensland

'What to Wear?'  ADFAS Noosa Inc's next monthly lecture on Saturday 22 April, will examine the clothing and fashion options available to Brisbane women over the last 150 years. Refreshments will be served after.  

Michael Marendy, a fashion and textiles conservator and curator, will give a talk to ADFAS Noosa members that will unpack the story of how Brisbane women have dressed over the past 150 years during which time the production of clothing underwent massive changes due to advances in technology and changes in work practices.  

These changes lead to what historians refer to as the ‘democratisation of clothing’, mass-produced clothing for all who could afford it.  During this period the so called important aspects of the industry, manufacture, wholesale buying, distribution, and retailing remained predominately in the hands of men, while production, over the counter selling, and consumption remained predominantly with women. 

Mr Marendy completed an MSc (clothing and textiles) at the University of Alberta.  His doctoral thesis at Griffith University focussed on significant local dressmakers and designers.  He has worked for the Queensland Museum, Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Women’s Historical Association and the Queensland Art Gallery.  In 1996 a Churchill Fellowship facilitated time at the textile conservation laboratory at the Victoria and Albert Museum.  He presents conservation workshops and has stabilised garments and textiles within numerous public collections

ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society) Australia comprises 38 societies and is modelled on the successful UK arts appreciation organisation NADFAS.  ADFAS Noosa Inc hosts Saturday afternoon lectures on a monthly basis for its members and guests at St Mary’s Church in Tewantin to which visitors are very welcome – a $25 entry fee on the door applies.  For further information call 5448 2394.

Visitors welcome - fee $25 on the door, please contact Sharon Hyde to book on 5448 2394 or

Romance and Glamour:  150 Years of Dressing in Brisbane
Saturday 22 April 2017
St Mary's Church, 17 William St, Tewantin

Australian and Decorative Fine Arts Society Noosa Inc :
PO Box 481, Noosa Junction
Australian and Decorative Fine Arts Society Noosa Inc

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St Mary's Church, 17 William St, Tewantin

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