Talks and Presentations

A selection of available topics, new talks can be created to cater to your audience’s interests.

Australian Womens Fashion through the years:

  • 20th century shoes
  • 20th century swimwear
  • 20th century wedding gowns
  • Early colonial Australia: womens fashions of the 1770 to 1850.
  • Crinoline and bustle to the Gay Nineties: 1850 to 1900 womens fashions
  • The Pre-Raphaelites, Aesthetic Dress and Liberty & Co: late 19th century dress
  • Early 20th century ladieswear: 1900 to 1950
  • Ladies vintage fashion from 1920 to 1970
  • Ladieswear of the 1920s
  • Ladieswear of the 1930s
  • Ladieswear of the 1940s: during and after WW2
  • Ladieswear of the Fabulous 1950s
  • Ladieswear of the swinging 1960s
  • Retro fashions from 1960 to 1980
  • Sensational 1970s ladieswear
  • Some kind of wonderful: 1980s ladieswear

Specialist topics

  • 1950s menswear
  • Australian fashion designers of the ’60s-80s
  • Authenticity in costuming: vintage clothing as performance costume
  • Balenciaga
  • Coco Chanel: a life in fashion
  • Collecting fashionable dress: Australian private collections
  • Couture and styling (sewing and fabrics)
  • Dior: the golden age of couture
  • Dressing the Queen: Norman Hartnell
  • From Victoria to Beatrice: British royal bridal gowns
  • History of Melbourne Racewear
  • Norma Tullo
  • Measurement and sizing systems in 20th century apparel
  • Mid Century Modern Melbourne ladieswear
  • Rubberwear for the office: the Vivienne Westwood story.
  • The Art Deco fashion of Vogue as photographed by Edward Steichen
  • The designs of Elsa Schiaparelli
  • The flower in mid-century fashion
  • The personal and professional wardrobe of Marilyn Monroe

Attention charities: I like to support non-profits and bookings for subsidised and pro-bono talks are available. Please get in touch to talk about your event.