Lyn Mills’ social event of the week / at the National Library

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FASHION is an integral part of our lives. Study it and you can see that stock market ups and downs parallel hemlines.

Marvel at the developments in fabrics and industrial machinery that brought women out of the laundry and into easy care fabrics and trace the significant events in our lives where what we wore was so important.

The launch of “The Australian Women’s Weekly Fashion: The First Fifty Years”, at the National Library, with all the good, the bad and the OMG fashion we’ve thought chic at some time is a charming and beautifully researched book from the pages of the magazine that was our fashion bible. Deborah Thomas, with Kirstie Clements, has created a collectible fashion classic.

It is a retrospective of the ridiculous, the glamorous, the chic; and the ever changing face of Australian fashion with clothes you could copy, knit, crochet or covet, matched at the launch by a parade of fashions through the decades from Charlotte Smith’s extensive private fashion collection. Some to make you weep for the ones you threw out, some that make you laugh because you wore them, but the guests gamely wore antiques and vintage and obviously enjoyed the opportunity.

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