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Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, 105 William Street Tue 1st May 10 a.m. Ends: 5 p.m.

From the oldest wedding dress in Australia dated 1875 to an outfit worn in 2005, an exhibition of over thirty garments will be held in the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre in William Street from 1st May – 13th May 2018. Open from 10am each day, this exhibition will showcase the Bathurst District Historical Society’s collection of over 400 garments, and is a follow up to the very successful exhibition held in 2015 of 200 years of women’s fashion in Bathurst.

The exhibition will include an 1880’s silk dress embroidered with glass beads and retailed from Webb’s Stores in Bathurst, one of Australia’s first department stores. There will be an 1892 wedding veil on display, a caftan worn as a wedding dress, dresses in fabrics such as sumptuous lace, Japanese hand embroidered silk, crepe du chine, ‘Angel Skin’ (the first polyester satin fabric developed), crotched cotton, going away outfits and more.

Wedding paraphernalia is well covered with invitations, honeymoon plane tickets, cake decorations, a wax headpiece, shoes, photos, letters and diaries, even the top layer of a wedding cake! This enchanting exhibition will delight all who see it.

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