On Monday, 30 June 2014 Member for Caulfield David Southwick joined the Minister for the Arts the Hon Heidi Victoria to visit Rippon Lea House and Gardens for the launch of the Love, Desire & Riches Exhibition. The visit also allowed the Minister to tour the magnificent facility with a view to exploring possible future arts, music and performance opportunities.
Rippon Lea estate is a magnificent and iconic local landmark with a rich history in Elsternwick. It was purchased and built in 1868 by a former politician, Frederick Sargood, housing 15 rooms and beautiful gardens. In 1972 the Rippon Lea estate was bequeathed to the National Trust, and from that point on it was utilised as a home for the people.
Launched by Minister Victoria and the local member David Southwick Love, Desire and Riches — The Fashion of Weddings exhibition at Rippon Lea will examine the intersection between film, historic fashion and the social narratives of weddings.
The collection spans over 200 years of fashion, including pieces from the world-leading designers such as Valentino for Princess Marie Chantal of Greece. A mini retrospect of leading Australian designers – Akira Isogawa and Collette Dinnigan will showcase their fashion career. Celebrity gowns include dresses designed for Jennifer Hawkins (Maticevski) and Kyly Clarke (Alex Perry) to film and television pieces worn by Kylie Minogue (as Charlene in Neighbours) to Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep.
The exhibition is a great opportunity for locals to tour our local landmark Rippon Lea House and Gardens, and will be open from 1 July to 30 September 2014. For more information, click here.