A Stroll Through Rippon Lea Estate

A time warp of fashion and history at the stunning estate.
Rebecca O’Malley
Published on April 23, 2017


Sometimes it's nice to get out of Melbourne. Rippon Lea is a hidden gem, boasting a grand estate, sweeping gardens and a vast lake — only seven kilometres out of the city. This winter, the magnificent heritage-listed Rippon Lea Estate is hosting a couple of exhibitions. One of them is Night Life, which utilises the National Trust of Australia's fashion collection to display the stunning history of Australian fashion from the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition features over 50 gowns and accessories — many made locally in Victoria. The event takes place within the historic mansion, but why not arrive early to explore the grounds? It's an ideal spot for a picnic, and a classy way to round off the weekend.


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