Super styles on show

National Trust’s Super 70s exhibition showcases eclecticism of the 1970’s


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KIMONOVER: The Super 70s exhibition at the historic Rippon Lea Estate features some of the most cutting edge Australian fashion designs from the 1970s. Photo: Theresa Harrison.

KIMONOVER: The Super 70s exhibition at the historic Rippon Lea Estate features some of the most cutting edge Australian fashion designs from the 1970s. Photo: Theresa Harrison.

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The exhibition showcases 1970s fashion in all its glory.

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THE eclecticism of 1970s fashion is showcased in all its glory at the National Trust’s Super 70s exhibition at the historic Rippon Lea Estate.

The immersive exhibition features eye catching garments and accessories from the National Trust’s costume collection, providing a great insight into the flamboyant fashions of the era.

The comprehensive display includes rare collection items by some of Australia’s most well known designers and labels - including Prue Acton, Sally Browne, Clarence Chai and The House of Merivale.

National Trust of Australia’s Victorian branch chief executive Simon Ambrose said the exhibition highlighted the best of seventies fashion in Australia.

“We invite everyone to experience the Super 70s and revisit what Melburnians wore during this revolutionary decade,” he said.

Producer Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna said the exhibition had provided the opportunity to dig out some much loved pieces from the archives.

“The Items we’ve selected for the exhibition reflect a time of dynamic experimentation, when many rules were broken and individual self-expression was the style,” she said.

“The exhibition will launch visitors back to an era of glossy spandex and slinky polyester, and will feature some interactive experiences for the whole family to enjoy.”

Elizabeth said the 70s reflected a pivotal time of change for Australia’s fashion industry.

“The progressive change and counter-cultural influence had a long lasting impact on how we dress,” she said.

“The lines between formal and informal began to be eroded, with day wear able to be worn as evening wear and denim and casual wear took on a whole new meaning.”

“Unisex styling also had a big effect.”

Over the duration of the remainder of the exhibition, there will be several special events including a car show showcasing classic vehicles from the 1970s from 10am-4pm on September 28 and a disco from 7-11pm on October 27.

The exhibition is open until November 4, the estate is located at Elsternwick and open daily from 10am – 4pm and concession tickets are $18.

For more information or tickets, click here.

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