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. 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 (9am – 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.
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 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 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 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.
Membership ID must be shown on entry
For enquiries including Group Bookings phone QTIX Groups
on 07 3840 7466
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.
The exhibition runs from 15 July to 4 September 2016, 7 days a week.
Including Wednesday 10 August, Ekka, Royal Queensland Show day.
Opening hours*: 9am – 4pm with last entry to the house at 3.00pm.
*Except on Saturday 3 September when the exhibition is open 9am – 2pm.
The exhibition is held at Old Government House, Brisbane, located at QUT Gardens Point campus next to the City Botanic Gardens, only a 10-minute walk from the city centre.
2 George Street
Brisbane QLD 4001
Tickets can be purchased online. Book now and avoid queues.
Box Office Contact Details:
Visit: QUT Gardens Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD, 4001
Open Hours during exhibition: Old Government House will be open from 9am – 4pm.
Planning Your Visit
We recommend planning at least one hour for your visit. This exhibition is a self-guided exhibition.
Coach parking in the Brisbane CBD is allowed at approved locations and times. Visit Brisbane City Council’s coach parking maps for locations, times and restrictions on coach parking in the Brisbane CBD.
The majority of the exhibition is wheelchair accessible.
The exhibition is located on the ground floor of Old Government House. Some special events are located on the second floor of the house or at Room Three Sixty where there is elevator access. Unfortunately the cellar room, which plays a small role in the exhibition, is not wheelchair accessible.
Disabled parks are available in the SEC carpark and the Under Freeway carpark. If you have a blue permit please phone Old Government House to discuss other options based on availability.
A taxi drop off point is located near Parliament House, 300m from the House.
As Old Government House is a heritage listed building, prams and strollers are not permitted inside. A cloak room is available at the exhibition entry for storage.
Toilet facilities, including accessible toilets and baby change facilities, are available at Old Government House. Alternative toilets are located nearby in P Block, Science and Engineering Centre, QUT Gardens Point Campus.
There are water fountains situated throughout campus, the nearest is inside the entrance of P Block, Science and Engineering Centre, QUT Gardens Point Campus.
All backpacks and bags larger than A3 will need to be cloaked before entering the House. As Old Government House is a heritage listed building, prams and strollers are not permitted inside. A cloak room is available at the exhibition entry for storage.
No food or drink is permitted in Old Government House or the exhibition
Unfortunately there are no pass outs for this exhibition.
A wide range of beautiful Miss Fisher branded and 1920s themed merchandise is available at the Old Government House shop and at the QUT Bookshop, located on Level 3, P Block (just down the stairs in front of Old Government House). Merchandise is also available online through the National Trust shop.
Photography for non-commercial use is permitted. No flash photography. Share your photos using #MissFisherBNE
There are ATMs in the Food Court on Level 3 of the Science and Engineering Centre (P Block), and an ATM located outside the Library at V Block.
If you arrive early, or simply enjoy the atmosphere at the Gardens Point Precinct and would like to plan another visit, we’ve put together a list of free things to check out while you’re here on the See and Do page.
We highly recommend pre-booking tickets to avoid disappointment or long queues. Pre-booked tickets are available through the secure booking website. If you require assistance booking your tickets online please call Old Government House on 07 3138 8005.
Tickets must be presented to gain entry to the exhibition. Limited tickets are available at the door on the day, and will be subject to the capacity. If you are unable to attend the exhibition at your selected ticketing time, we will try to accommodate your request based on availability.
If you are unable to attend the exhibition or special event, no refunds are permitted. Old Government House follows the Live Performance Australia Ticketing Code of Practice, which can be found at www.liveperformance.com.au
We are happy to swap tickets based on availability for an alternative day and time but the tickets must be exchanged before the date of your booked performance. Please call Old Government House on 3138 8005. No refunds or cancellations permitted.
Call Old Government House on 3138 8005 and they will arrange replacement tickets to be collected from the House on that day. If you selected the ‘print at home’ option you can reprint your tickets by logging into your profile on the qtix website.
Yes. Contact the QTIX group bookings team on 07 3840 7466 to make an enquiry or booking. Group bookings will receive concession price tickets.
Yes. You can make a school group bookings by contacting the QTIX group bookings team on 07 3840 7466. The exhibition is available throughout Term 3, 2016.
Children under 15: $12
Accompanying adults: $19.50
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Yes. All special event tickets (excluding the 1920s Styling Workshop with the Lindy Charm School for Girls and An Evening with Marion Boyce) include entry to the exhibition. You must attend the exhibition on the day of your special event. You may choose to attend the exhibition before or after your special event.
No. Most special event ticket prices include entry to the exhibition. Unfortunately, ticket prices cannot be changed to exclude this cost. All special events will use the exhibition as inspiration for the activities you participate in. We encourage you to revisit the exhibition with this in mind.
Box Office Hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Phone: (+61 7) 3138 8005
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