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Jane Austen’s fashions shine at Artspace

29 May 2019

An enchanting new exhibition at Artspace in Box Hill will delight anyone who loves fashion, Jane Austen, art or history.

Whitehorse Councillor Raylene Carr said the free costume exhibition, Be Persuaded – Jane Austen, is full of original fashion items dating from the end of the 1700s, when Austen was born, to the 1840s.

“This really brings Jane Austen to life and the rare, original items on display show off intricate hand worked fashions, from dresses and underclothes to bonnets and shoes,” Cr Carr said.

“The famous Regency era fashions take us back to the time in which Austen wrote her much-loved novels such as Persuasion, Emma and Pride and Prejudice.”

Visitors will see diaphanous empire line frocks, spencers, capes and shawls, boots, pumps and stockings, bonnets and parasols. There are also toys, accessories and ephemera from the era.

Also on show is a rare set of 27 hand painted watercolours tracking fashion from the 1790s
to 1830.

See how Austen herself would have dressed and how she would have pictured the characters she created, Lizzie Bennett, Elinor Dashwood, Isabella Thorpe and, of course,
Mr Darcy.

This is a touring exhibition from Dressing Australia – Museum of Costume.

Be Persuaded – Jane Austen runs from 20 June until 27 July at Artspace in the Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road.

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