Historical fashions on show

The Glen Innes and District Historical Society is lending its support to the Show Society in an attempt to lure visitors back to show exhibitions.
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Jenny Sloman with some of the historical garments being prepared for this year’s Glen Innes Show.

Mrs Jenny Sloman, spokesperson for the Historical Society, said the plan is to re-invigorate the Basketball pavilion at the showgrounds and bring it alive, attracting renewed public interest visitation.

“There are to be new static exhibitions and renewed layout of the area,” Mrs Sloman said.

The pavilion will showcase local artisans and their wares, and offer space for some commercial stall holders.

A coffee shop will be open on site to allow visitors time to enjoy a coffee while admiring displays.

Mrs Sloman said the Historical Society will alter its usual themed display and take a new approach to exhibiting.

“In conjunction with the Glen Innes Arts Council and the Deepwater Players the plan is to set up a historically significant garment display, featuring costumes from locally held collections.

“Some of these beautiful costumes featured in major shows presented in the past by the Arts Council at the Chapel Theatre and Deepwater Players in the Deepwater School of Arts building.

“Some of these garments will be presented on static mannequins or dressmakers dummies, while others will be presented by models in scheduled fashion parades on a central catwalk,” she said.

Leonie MacFarlane will compere the parade providing detailed information about each garment shown.

“Most of the costumes in the parade will be the more flamboyant outfits from stage shows,” Mrs Sloman said.

Historical Society Textile Coordinator Jenny Anderson and wardrobe mistress for the Glen Innes Arts Council Cindy Moor have used their intimate knowledge of their respective collections to select some of the most iconic examples.

“The Historical Society is hoping that their clothes give show patrons some insight into how people lived in the past. After all this is the prime reason for preserving them.”

Parades will be held at 4pm on Friday after the official show opening ceremony, and at 1pm and 5.30pm on Saturday after the grand parade.

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