22 January, 2011

A Trip To The Aquarium And Some Vintage Lace!

The boys and I headed to Melbourne Aquarium for a day out. We could have spent hours just watching the penguins. They are so cute!Nelson getting up close and personal!Some hands on!
After sitting by the Yarra River to eat lunch, and with a bit of bribery
(ice creams), the boys agreed to let me go the the Lace in Fashion exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.
They found a nice shady place in the lovely gardens of the gallery while I headed inside. The lace exhibition was from the 17th to 20th centuries.Photos above from NGV International
This night shirt was from the late 1600's. There are very few that have survived as any good sections of them were cut up to make new items. Just look at the beautiful inserts in the sleeves.Sorry about the quality of the photos (no flash). Unfortunately, when I went to get a copy of the catalogue, they had sold out the day before! It would have been lovely to have all the photos and information to read up on. Oh well, next time I won't leave it until near the end of the exhibition!


Mad Quilter said...

Sounds like you had a great day out with your boys. A little bribery goes a long way at times.

QueenB said...

I see what you mean about the inset lace. It seems a shame that more wasn't left for us to view today. Recycling was in vogue bigtime then.

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Thank you, Christine, for sharing this amazing exhibit with us. The lace is exquisite. I love that dress, too. Lucky you for getting to see them in person!

Bev C said...

Hello Christine,

A lovely post. Penguins are so cute I could watch them for hours. Great of the boys to allow you to visit the Lace. Very interesting, time concusming work though. Glad it has been restored for people to see.
Happy days.