Dresses from The Dressmaker

There is an exhibition of dresses from the Australian movie, The Dressmaker, showing at Barwon Park in Winchelsea, Victoria at the moment.

Barwon Park is a bluestone mansion and stables owned by the National Trust. It was built in 1871 for the Austin family, who were pastoralists. Mr Austin died six months after the house was built, so the gardens were never completed.

Parts of the movie was filmed in the countryside near Barwon Park and the mansion itself was the perfect setting for the displays.

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All of the women I know who saw The Dressmaker loved it, and agree that although everyone in the movie was great, that Judy Davis stole the show.

The story was good, Kate Winslet was lovely and her role was fantastic, Liam Hemsworth is gorgeous, Hugo Weaving and the rest of the cast were terrific, but the dresses? They were spectacular.

The hats were extraordinary. They were in the first room off the mansion’s foyer and took everyone by surprise.

There weren’t many men at the exhibition, but the women were ooh-ing and aah-ing.

Kate Winslet wore the red dress below to a local football match in the movie. Very distracting for the footballers.

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The movie tells the story of Tilly (played by Kate Winslet) who returns to her mother’s home in an Australian country town after being banished in disgrace as a child. Tilly has returned to look after her mother, who has mental health problems, and to learn why she was banished.

The story is satisfying and I love seeing the Australian countryside which is so familiar to me featured in the movie, but most of all, I enjoyed the power of the dresses and costumes in The Dressmaker.