Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition

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.



  1. Isabel Hinther
    June 29, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    Thanks for THIS post – although I enjoy all of them. I love this series (although I only get to watch it on Netflix up here in Canada – waiting (hoping) for more episodes). It's a great series, but I have to admit one of the main reasons I watch it is for the clothes! Spectacular!

    • Jill James
      June 30, 2015 / 11:12 am

      Thank you for visiting Isabel , I am glad you enjoyed the post. The third series has just finished here and these costumes are from that series. You are not alone in watching for the clothes , it really is the best part.

  2. Isabel Hinther
    June 29, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    Thanks for THIS post – although I enjoy all of them. I love this series (although I only get to watch it on Netflix up here in Canada – waiting (hoping) for more episodes). It's a great series, but I have to admit one of the main reasons I watch it is for the clothes! Spectacular!

  3. Anonymous
    June 29, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    You get lots of mileage out of that black skort, love it! And I can see you in that top outfit too, love the blouse. Thanks for taking us along on your tour!

    • Jill James
      June 30, 2015 / 11:14 am

      Oh yes I have had great mileage from the black skort , it is so easy to wear and travels well without creasing.I must admit I could wear many of the costumes. Glad you enjoyed the tour.

  4. diaryofapennypincher
    June 29, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    What a stunning property, and beautiful outfits from a glamorous era. You also look very glam, and warm too!

    • Jill James
      June 30, 2015 / 11:17 am

      It really was a stunning property, quite a surprise , particularly the grounds.Thank you Claire, it was a cool day and yes I was quite warm.

  5. Olga Rani
    June 30, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    How interesting! All those costumes are wonderful, so elegant and pretty. How good it is that photography was allowed at the exhibition, at least we could have a glimpse at it too. As always, you look stylish and elegant. Love the leopard top.

    • Jill James
      July 1, 2015 / 6:52 am

      The costumes were wonderful , I was lucky that photography was and that even with no flash most of my shots turned out. Thank you for your always kind comments.

  6. Jessica Jannenga
    June 30, 2015 / 11:29 pm

    Miss Fisher! Oh, I would have loved to have gone with you. Viewer here! I love Murder Mysteries. Also a fanof Miss Marple BBC! The house and exhibition looks amazing, love the costumes, great era. You know I love the jackets you wear, such a great collection xxThanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Jill James
      July 1, 2015 / 6:55 am

      I am with you on the murder mysteries , especially the period ones, the costumes are always so good. Miss Fisher is a special favourite as it is Australian made and filmed in and around Melbourne. Thank you for your kind comments.

  7. Tiina L
    July 1, 2015 / 9:45 am

    Wonderful costumes! I've seen a few episodes of Miss Fishes in the U.K., and it was just advertised a few weeks ago in Finland, too, must watch now for sure, for the costumes alone… You also look the part, very 20s influenced.

    • Jill James
      July 2, 2015 / 5:58 am

      The costumes really are the best part of the series, the details are spot on. Interesting to hear that is exported all around the world.

  8. Natalia Lialina
    July 1, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    What a beautiful tour! I just adore this type of architecture – never a dull moment in this house, yes? 🙂 I saw one or two movies, and I'll give it another go. The costumes are beautiful, and I would also wear such perfect flowing lines in a heartbeat! You look gorgeous as always, Jill, and I did spot you in the mirror. 🙂 xxxx

  9. Jill James
    July 2, 2015 / 6:01 am

    I really enjoyed discovering the house and gardens as well as the costume exhibition. You are completely right I bet there is always something happening. The costumes were wonderful I can see both of us in some of them. Thank you dear Natalia. xx

  10. Porcelina
    July 2, 2015 / 8:29 am

    I'm considering coming all the way to Australia just to see this exhibition!! I am obsessed with Miss Fisher, and I would wear her entire wardrobe in a heartbeat. x

    • Jill James
      July 2, 2015 / 9:08 am

      I agree I would also wear all of the costumes they are stunning. Oh , you must be keen you have such a way to travel.

  11. Andrea W
    May 2, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    Oh this is wonderful! I found you through Imogen's site, and I admire your strong aesthetic. Can't wait to enjoy and explore your site. I love the Miss Fisher mysteries, including the books. Cheerio!

    • Jill James
      May 3, 2018 / 4:11 am

      Thank you so much Andrea for visiting my blog. I am the same I so enjoy the Miss Fisher mysteries, so visiting this exhibition and seeing the costumes was such a thrill.

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