Dressed for the Occasion: A History of Textiles

Dressed for the ocaasion 

View some significant costume pieces spanning the 19th and 20th centuries. Each piece of clothing tells a story, revealing not only something of the person who wore it, but also about the society they inhabited. 

Through the language of clothing - a study of colour, style, fabric, size and purpose - aspects of the wearer's identity, including age, social-status, and their place in history - can be established. So come and discover what textiles from different periods can reveal about a society like Wagga Wagga.

Some of the pieces featured include five wedding dresses that span 100 years from 1874 to 1970. You can admire delicate two piece gowns from the Victorian period through to a dramatic designer dress worn by Pauline Harvey from 1950.

Not to be missed is an elegant blue silk gown worn by Eliza Kate Bennett to the Wagga Show in the closing years of the 19th century. Examine its elaborate beading and puffed sleeves, a stark contrast to the attire worn to the Wagga show these days.

You can also view Museum of the Riverina costume peices on the Australian Dress Register.