Rippon Lea Just Launched A Groovy 70s Fashion Exhibition

By James Shackell
26th Jul 2018


Suede tassels, bell bottom jeans, maxi skirts and questionable haircuts. The 70s was the decade where flower power started to wither and people got interested in other things, like Richard Nixon.

Along with rock music and the avocado, 70s fashion is arguably the decade’s great gift to future generations.

Rippon Lea Estate clearly agrees, because they just launched a huge 70s retrospective exhibition in partnership with the National Trust. It’s called Super 70s, and it’s a look back at some of the fashion triumphs (and what-were-they-thinking moments) from 70s style in Melbourne.

“The Items we’ve selected for the exhibition reflect a time of dynamic experimentation, when many rules were broken, and individual self-expression was the style. The exhibition will launch visitors back to an era of glossy spandex and slinky polyester,” said Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna, Exhibition Producer.

Open from Friday 27 July, Super 70s will showcase dozens of garments and accessories from The National Trust’s personal collection (those guys must have some wild Christmas dress-up parties...)

The exhibition will also feature rare pieces from by Australian design icons like Prue Acton, Sally Browne, Clarence Chai and The House of Merivale. General admission tickets will set you back $20, and that includes entry to Rippon Lea’s grounds and gardens.

The exhibition is set to run till 4 November, and there’s a few sweet events that’ll be popping up over the new few months. Chuck these in the diary now: a 70s vinyl record fair on 12 August, a 70s car show on 28 September, and (our personal fave) a Disco Inferno tearing up the Rippon Lea ballroom on 27 October. You can get all the program deets here.

The Details

Where: Rippon Lea House, 192 Hotham Rd, Elsternwick
When: 10am – 4pm, 27 July – 4 November
For more info, click here

More big news: The Botanic Gardens are going to play host to a huge, flaming fire display. 

Image credit: Gerard O'Connor

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