This brand new exhibition features fabulous series three costumes and props. See up close the outfits worn by Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) and her cohorts – including Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) and Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes). Walk through the different sets and touch and feel the sumptuous fabrics. Try on replica costumes and interact with props and furniture from the show as you step deeper into Phryne’s world. Solve a crime by looking out for clues from Detective Inspector Jack Robinson. As you go upstairs, become part of the crew and go behind the scenes to discover the inspiration for the costumes and understand how they were made. You will even get the chance to design your own dress.
“As soon as I put on Phryne’s clothes I can adopt Phryne poses and promenade, and make an entry, feel confident and audacious… They just make me feel so good that I get away with things I could never pull off in my everyday life.”
Essie Davis on playing Miss Phryne Fisher
The Miss Fisher’s Costume Exhibition will be open daily (10am – 4pm) from 15 July until 4 September 2016 at Old Government House, Brisbane.
The costumes have been generously made available by Marion Boyce and Every Cloud Productions.
Step back in time as we kick off Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition in style at our pop up speakeasy bar at Old Government House. Enjoy 1920s cocktails and finger food and Charleston and shimmy as the sounds of the 1920s come alive with a DJ set from Rainman. Experience historic and charming Old Government House after dark, with exclusive access to the exhibition from 6 – 8pm.
It’s a party Phryne would certainly approve of!
Learn the art of fashion illustration in this introductory hands-on workshop with fashion illustrator Penelope Bell. Drawing inspiration from Miss Phryne Fisher’s flamboyant fashion ensembles, develop skills to capture characterisation, movement, and style in your own illustrations. Penelope is an experienced illustrator and workshop facilitator, specialising in fashion and children’s illustration. She has worked in a variety of roles in the fashion industry including design and product development, and facilitated workshops with organisations including Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and Museum of Brisbane.
You’re invited to spend a splendid Sunday at Miss Fisher’s Lawn Party. Enjoy a free family day out on Old Government House’s picturesque lawn. To the tune of The Mood Music Gatsby Band, dance the day away with Empire Swing’s dancing classes or be pampered to 1920s perfection at Lindy Charm School’s pop-up salon.
Pre-order a picnic hamper and enjoy a 1920s themed picnic!
Join Kim Wilson, editor of the recent publication Brisbane Art Deco: Stories of our Built Heritage, and discover the interesting stories behind Brisbane’s art deco architecture. Explore the hidden histories of buildings including the Avalon Theatre, McWhirters department store and the Waterloo Hotel and look at why these architectural treasures continue to hold a special place in our hearts today.
Step back in time to the roaring 1920s at our pop up speakeasy bar at Old Government House. Enjoy 1920s cocktails and finger food and get your groove on to the tune of Alleycat Stomp from the Jazz Music Institute. Experience historic and charming Old Government House after dark, with exclusive access to the exhibition from 6 – 8pm.
It’s a party Phryne would certainly approve of!
Primp and preen yourself to 1920s perfection! Join Chrissy at Lindy’s Charm School in Old Government House for a hands-on 1920s styling workshop and morning tea. Here you’ll learn the techniques to recreate the glamourous makeup and vintage hairstyles from Miss Fisher’s era.
Participants will be required to bring some of their own cosmetics, hair styling products and tools. Download a list of items to bring here.
Join textile expert Dr Michael Marendy for a fascinating Behind-the Seams tour of the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition. Uncover secrets from the workroom of award winning costume designer Marion Boyce and immerse yourself in the opulent wardrobes of Miss Fisher’s characters. Michael is a highly respected costume and textiles conservator and curator. He has worked in a conservation role for various institutions including the Queensland Museum, Museum of Brisbane and Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries award winning costume designer and exhibition curator, Marion Boyce, will chat with much loved media personality and fashion aficionado, Marie-Louise Theile. Hear about Marion’s sources of inspiration, how she creates the wardrobes of Miss Fisher’s characters, and her tales from the workroom and film set.
This is the only opportunity during Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition season in Brisbane to hear in-depth from Marion about her exquisite costumes that have captivated audiences around the world.
Join designer/maker Paula Dunlop for a hands-on, two-hour workshop and take home your very own art deco inspired beaded pendant or brooch. Enjoy morning tea in the historical setting of Old Government House as you make custom pieces fit for Miss Fisher herself!
Join fashion curator Dr Nadia Buick for a fascinating Behind-the Seams tour of the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition. Uncover secrets from the workroom of award winning costume designer Marion Boyce and immerse yourself in the opulent wardrobes of Miss Fisher’s characters. Nadia is a curator, writer and researcher across the disciplines of fashion and art, and works as the Communications Officer at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. She is a Co-Director of the Fashion Archives and co-author of Remotely Fashionable; a book documenting Queensland’s style history. In 2015, Nadia curated Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood at the Museum of Brisbane.
Join fashion designer Lydia Pearson for this unique workshop experience. You’ll be working alongside one of Brisbane’s most successful fashion designers to craft your own 1920s flapper headband using upcycled materials and adornments. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn fashion tips and tricks from an industry insider and create your own piece of Miss Fisher inspired flapper fashion!
Join some of Queensland’s most exciting home-grown crime authors as they delve into the world of crime writing and how they challenge the stereotypes of the female protagonist.Killing off the cliché is a discussion panel hosted by Penny Holliday, QUT Academic in Creative Writing and Literary Studies, and joined by authors and Sisters in Crime members Mirandi Riwoe, T.J Hamilton, Lea Scott and Steph Bowe. Don’t miss this killer opportunity to take part in a captivating crime writing conversation.
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Old Government House is located at QUT Gardens Point Precinct next to the City Botanic Gardens, only a 10-minute walk from the city centre.
Opening Hours are 10am – 4pm with last entry to the house at 3:30pm
Limited tickets are available at the door on the day, and will be subject to the capacity of the venue. When booking tickets, customer will be asked to choose a one hour arrival time slot. Customers must enter the exhibition during that one hour time slot, and we anticipate it will take approximately one hour to view the exhibition.
Tickets will be scanned to gain entry to the exhibition. If you cannot print your ticket at home, you can elect to have them posted to you.
If you are running late for your allocated arrival time slot, we will do our best to accommodate you in the next time slot subject to the capacity of the venue.
Please be aware that as this is a busy exhibition, you may be required to wait a short period before you can enter but this will not limit your time in the house
Unfortunately due to the delicate nature of the building, prams and strollers are not permitted inside the museum and will need to be folded and cloaked before entering the exhibition.
There are disabled toilets and baby change facilities on site.
For regular access to the Museum there are 4 steps to the front door and 20 steps to reach the 1st floor.
If you have any questions regarding accessibility at Old Government House please phone (02) 9635 8149.
Strollers and prams will also need to be cloaked.
No food or drink is permitted in the museum or exhibition.
Box Office Hours: 9.00am to 8.30pm, Monday to Saturday.
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