Friday, September 2, 2016

I Am One of Your Biggest Fans

Tonight I gave Phrynne's arse a virtual squeeze goodbye at the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition volunteer thank you drinks.
As an enormous fan of 1920s design I wasn't alone in feeling a wee bit melancholy about the exhibition's end this Sunday, where costume design genius Marion Boyce, and her team together with the National Trust Queensland, gave fans a chance to get very, very close to the exquisite works of art sported by Australia's infamous TV lady detective.
I put my hand up to holler and harangue visitors at the interactive exhibition, but largely succeeded in causing a number of near-death experiences.
I've lost count of the number of times when visitors approached me, thinking I was a statue.
Then I'd move.  Cue screaming.

Volunteers were asked to wear all black or white, or dress in period costume.  
I picked out some bits and pieces that sort of fitted the look of the era and no-one seemed to notice or care that I wasn't dressed in head-to-toe authentic 20s gear.
I found the 1930s green scalloped dress above at a huge antiques barn in Auckland, NZ, earlier this year ... it was lying on the floor and they asked $15 for it.  
Don't mind if I do.

The exhibition's costumes were chosen for their various attributes in purveying the fashion fantasy that most audiences have of the 1920s ... fine craftsmanship, the principles of haute couture, exotica and of course, glamour. 
Many of the pieces were much-loved original antiques, but largely, the costumes were made from scratch.
In fact, many pieces were once mere fragments of garments where some buttons or lace were salvaged, then the garment remade from scratch and lovingly reproduced.
It occurred to me that the design team not only needed bespoke tailoring and costuming skills, but they were also responsible for restoring glorious works of art, so that we the audience could fall in love with these exquisite treasures.
Armed with this information, one confused-looking patron still sidled up to me about ten minutes after she entered the exhibition and stated loudly "these dresses are all made in China aren't they?"
Me: (goldfish impression).
Aside from this stunning display of confused ignorance, it was a remarkable crowd that have passed through Phrynne's doors and I've never seen such an incredibly stylish and knowledgable crowd of gorgeous people gathered in one hot spot.
It's the first time any of the three season exhibitions have travelled to Brisbane and considering Miss Fisher's breaking hearts in 120 countries now, I thought it only fair to share the beauty of this exhibition with you.

I snuck a selfie in Marion's workshop before morning crowds poured in and most probably before I rapped some poor dear over the knuckles with my steel ruler for touching something she oughtn't have (kidding jeez).
I tell you they're a brazen lot our friends of advancing years - I should know!
Best question: Is that your own outfit or have you just borrowed something off the mannequins for the day? (not kidding)

I decided that the thing missing from the exhibition was a proper knicker-fest.
So I decided to oblige.
My invitation to colleagues to "cop a feel of the fabrics" went down very well and I'm still smarting from a pinched arse.

'Scuse miss, your fly's undone.

 Fishnet sisters with Suzi and her holster.

Oh dear I seem about to stab gorgeous Pam in the chest. 

Goodnight sweet friends. xoxoxoxoox


  1. Wonderful to see all this loveliness--and to see you!

  2. In that first photo with the goggles & leather aviation cap you look like Lori Petty in "Tank Girl."
    What an incredible show!
    Love the shell pink tap pants with the perilously pointy boobies!
    As a fellow platinum blonde I must ask how you get that perfectly pale Jean Harlow pastel tint in your love locks- I've managed to get to a brashly & blatantly bleached Jayne Mansfield blonde but have too much gold. Tried every toner I can find from Wella color charm to diluted grape flavor Tang.
    Toodle pip!

    1. I love Tank Girl! Instead of using conditioner, I use any extremely gluggy, heavy hair mask after shampooing. They come in a tub and I use the ones for bleached hair that are purple. The purple takes the brassiness right down xxx

  3. "these dresses are all made in China aren't they?" Like she'd know. Beautiful clothes and so happy they included Dot's wedding dress. Love Dot.

  4. What a gorgeous exhibit! I'll take one of everything, please.
    You look smashing and are the life of the party. Thank you for sharing your fun!

    1. I feel so lucky to have been part of this and thank you Bobbi!

  5. Holy crap u look stunning!!!!!! The whole exhibit is exquisite <3

  6. Oh my gosh. I love this series. I watch it over and over again so that I can check out all the clothing details, especially on the extras and minor characters. Man, that Marion Boyce just GETS it. Did you get a chance to meet her? Is this series going to continue? You should most ABSOLUTELY get a part in this series. It is definitely lacking in satin knicker scenes and I know you could help them out! Gosh, Desiree, I just love your style. And thank you so much for giving us a tour of the exhibit. Xxxooo

    1. I didn't get to meet Marion at her special viewing and tour coz it was a bit expensive but there are lots of written anecdotes throughout the exhibition about the costumes. And you're so very welcome Connie! Xxxx

  7. Thank you SO much for posting the photos of the exhibit - I just finished watching Season 3 so the costumes are fresh in my mind. After watching all three seasons I want to spend the rest of my life wearing swishy trousers and beautiful embroidered long jackets.

    I've greatly enjoyed seeing your outfits you've worn during your volunteer shifts on Instagram. Lovely to have you back!

  8. I'm just so happy I could share these pics with you! xxx

  9. My father was travelling around the World a lot during 60's and 70's. I Believe that we are sisters or something. I share your taste totally!

    1. Well you never know! Heehee! I have very big feet which might explain something ;) xxx

  10. You look smashing in all of your outfits - no wonder the general public confused you for an exhibition piece. :) Thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos! Jill of Grown Up Glamour wrote about this exhibit a while ago - do you know her blog? She has a very distinct style, one of my favorite bloggers. Something about Australia - you guys just know your own mind!

    1. Thanks for the tip Natalia, I've paid Jill a visit now. xxxxx

  11. It is SO great to see this exhibit if only on the web-thank you for taking the time to do this post.

    I missed you.

    1. Oh you're so welcome! I figured it was the least I could do, Phrynne has millions of fans!!

  12. Now this is my type of exhibition! You look the bees knees in all your outfits but my favourites are the kimono one and that beautiful green scalloped dress. Can't believe it was only $15!!! That silk velvet orangey red coat thingy is divine. I used to have so many early 20th century pieces. The fabrics always felt so luxurious. What on earth are you going to do with your weekends now you can't accost grannies any more?! Xxx

    1. Quite frankly if I didn't feel that Marion Boyce is the living equivalent of Van Gogh with the unlimited talents of Schiaparelli, I would have run off with that very coat. It's silk velvet, and it swishes in the episode she wears it in. Marion said Phrynne's day wardrobe was always based on the hat-coat combo, which is what we see in the lady detective sleuthing scenes. Xxx

  13. Those costumes are the dogs wotsits and you are looking hot, lady! I saw one episode of Miss Fisher and have to admit although it was a visual treat I wasn't that keen on the storyline. If you'd been in it I'd have been it's number one fan. xxx

    1. A bit of lighthearted wotsit for sure. My favourite volunteer outfit was the knocker combo of course. Scandalous scanties had the punters squealing! Hahaaaa!! xxxxxx

  14. ohhhhh, you're my favorite flapper girl ever!!, lovely!!, and you're guilty of my adiction to Miss Fisher's series, which are really difficult to find here!
    Fabulous to see you rocking your fishnets once more!!

    1. Well I'm chuffed that you love it and that I put you on to it!! Xxxxx

  15. I enjoyed at look at the Miss Fisher exhibition through your eyes, I saw it at Rippon Lea in Melbourne last year and thoroughly enjoyed seeing all those glorious garments. Looks like you had so much fun being a volunteer and you certainly looked the part.Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Jill

  16. OMG I bet you were just dying over that entire exhibit! I probably would have cried! And then wanted to take every piece home. That beaded green dress with the cut-outs, for example, UNGFH. YES. So nice to see you back here!

  17. Glorious costumes - yours and theirs! Lovely to see you, Des, looking just beautiful and minxy, as ever! xxx

  18. I have just discovered your blog on Forest City Fashionista's list of the best over 40's...and so pleased I have - Aussie bloggers have not been easy to fine! I also adored Phrynne and her stunning wardrobe! My Mum has just been in Brisbane and also went to see the exhibition, said it was gorgeous. Look forward to reading more of your posts. x

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