A new exhibition, A Capital Collection – Our History in Fashion has opened in Canberra.
On display at the National Capital Exhibition, it is the fourth in a series showing the fashions of the day at significant events in Canberra's history.
Acting Chief Executive of the National Capital Authority (NCA), Andrew Smith said A Capital Collection depicted snapshots of Canberra's history through a series of milestone events.
Mr Smith said one of the NCA's roles was to inform and educate Australians about the significance of Canberra as the National Capital. A Capital Collection told part of that story in a new way.
'The exhibition shows the fashions worn to the opening of Parliament House in 1988,” he said.
Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services, Carol Mills said fashion history showed that Australia was not isolated from the very distinctive 1980s look.
'This exhibition provides an insight into the social history of Canberra. It was an important day for the nation, and what dignitaries and visitors who attended the event wore, signified the cultural and social importance of the opening of the new Parliament House,” Ms Mills said.
Exhibition items include: a Parliament House staff uniform worn at the opening in 1988; a Ranger Guide uniform with badges, skirt, uniform beret, scarf and belt c. 1985; woman's two piece Maggie Shepherd suit c.1988; woman's formal Prue Acton suit c.1987 and Cellini leather clutch handbag c.1988 and gloves c.1985
Included is original memorabilia of the event and community photographs, a commemorative booklet, entrée card opening ceremony, invitation to the opening ceremony, parking permit and event program.
Also on display is a collection of first day stamp covers.
A Capital Collection – Our History in Fashion is on display at the National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Commonwealth Park until 16 December.
It is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm weekends (closed public holidays except Canberra Day). Entry is free.
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