A highlight of my recent trip to Melbourne was a visit to the National Trust property , Rippon Lea , for the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition. For anyone familiar with the series , Rippon Lea is the home of Phyrne’s Aunt Prudence. Rippon Lea is a magnificent house , surrounded by glorious , park like gardens including a lake and a lookout , fernery, conservatory and extensive lawns. Rippon Lea was created by business man , Frederick Thomas Sargood , it was built and developed between 1868 and 1903.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries are created by author Kerry Greenwood and set in Melbourne in the 1920’s.Phryne Fisher is a lady detective , a smart, sassy woman of independent means who not only drives a
car, a Hispano Suiza, she also flies a plane and is always immaculately turned out.
The costumes were designed by Marion Boyce modeled on clothing worn at the time. The attention to detail was superb , I love the outfit above , I would wear this in a heartbeat.
Cream in the conservatory, this stunning outfit with its yellow jacket and wonderful hat was worn for an episode set around a tennis tournament. The belt buckle is vintage bakelite.
Black and white oriental dressing gown in the original bathroom , set against the most amazing black and white screen.
Silk pyjamas in the dressing room , with an orange feather cape. The dressing table set with its brushes, combs and hand mirror are genuine antiques. Eagle eyed readers will spy the photographer (me) in the mirror.
The pool area was added to the house in the 1930’3 and was inspired be the Hollywood era of the time.
For my visit to Rippon Lea I wore my black skort from Moyuru , black wool jumper and a leopard print top from Marlene Berger and a hat by Helen Kaminski. My comfortable brogues are Robert Clergerie.
Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.