Costumes are reminiscent of dress dating from the period late 1850s to early 1860s. Alterations reflect performance requirements and costuming decisions by the group's Dance Director.

Reading further, such as the references below, is a start for your own journey of discovery. If you are interested in making your own costume, commercial sewing patterns require a little creative imagination to alter in order to conform to historical costumes for the period. Choice of fabrics and colours need some care. Talking to others about their experience adds to the enjoyment of completing a costume. Collecting and altering accessories is a journey of exploration and fun.


Dancing Down the Years: The Romantic Century in Australia by Nell Challingsworth (The Craftsman Press, Melbourne, 1978, ISBN 0 909108 11-0)

Breeches & Bustles, An Illustrated History of Clothes Worn in Australia 1788-1914 by Elizabeth Scandrett (Pioneer Design Studio, 1978, Lilydale, Vic, ISBN 090967412-4)

Costume In Detail 1730-1930 by Nancy Bradfield (Harrap, London, ISBN 0 245 53608-6)

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For Ladies Only
Manners Gentlemen!
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