Are you on the hunt for wedding inspiration? Or just a lover of anything vintage? If this sounds like you, then The Bowerbird and The Bride Vintage Wedding Exhibition is right up your alley.
On display at QUT’s Old Government House, the exhibition showcases bridal gowns, headpieces, bouquets, bridesmaids and flower girl’s outfits, and accessories from the 1880s to 1970s, restored by acclaimed Australian costume designer Marion Boyce. Marion will display a selection of historical bridal gowns from her own personal collection, revealing an intimate glimpse into her immense archive of clothing. Grown through years of astute buying around the world, the collection has also benefitted from donations from family and friends, and increasingly, fans of her film and television costumes.
She wants the exhibition to show that fashion can still be beautiful and breath-taking, even if it wasn’t made by a famous designer or worn by a film star.
“The dresses really are a celebration of that family member, aunty, neighbour or person in the community who made these family treasures that have been kept and valued for generations,” says Marion.
More than a history lesson on close to a century of Australian wedding fashion, The Bowerbird and The Bride also offers an understanding of Boyce’s talents as a costume designer, demonstrated by the careful development of each ensemble on display.
“When I design, I design a whole entire outfit, not just a single garment. So preparing the exhibition was the same thing. Finding a veil that I thought would help tell the story of a wedding dress. Or thinking about the kind of flowers a certain bride might have carried up the aisle. I saw them as characters that needed to be fully realised to be brought to life,” she explains.
This stunning display of gorgeous wedding dresses and intricate accessories is sure to be enjoyed by Brisbane fashion lovers, soon-to-be brides, and history and vintage lovers alike.