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Wed 26 Nov 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Gold Museum, 3 Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, Ballarat and Western District

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $11.50
  • Children: $6.10
  • Concession: $9.20
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Eventlisting11

A new fashion exhibition opening at the Gold Museum Ballarat will showcase the fashions of one of Ballarat’s most prominent figures during the mid-20th century, Jessica Simon (nee Stone).

Fashion director, clothing designer, retailer, philanthropist, world traveller and local style icon, Jessica Simon was a key figure in Ballarat’s fashion history. She played a managerial role in her family’s business, Stone’s Drapery Store (in operation 1860-1965), which was widely considered the place in Ballarat for fashion purchases, in particular wedding gowns. She co-hosted a fashion program on local television station BTV6, and designed many of the garments for sale in the store.

Jessica was also a great philanthropist, hosting a wide range of charitable events in the region, and was actively involved in the establishment of the Gold Museum.

A selection of some of the finest garments, dating back to the 1950s and 60s, along with other fashion-related items, will feature in ‘Stone's Style: Jessica Simon, A Life in Fashion’, an exhibition that honours and celebrates this true style icon.

With a dozen feature garments on show from the 1950s right through until the 70s, the exhibition will feature costumes including wedding dresses, dinner gowns, cocktail frocks and tailored suits, as well as a range of accessories, such as shoes, hats and handbags.
On display will be a number of items relating to her fashion program on BTV6, from photographs on set to advertising placards, as well as several outfits worn by Jessica on the program.

Another key piece in the exhibition is a reproduction of Princess Margaret’s wedding gown. Made by the staff in the workroom of Stone’s, this dress was inspired by the gown worn by Princess Margaret for her wedding to the 1st Earl of Snowden. This was the first royal wedding to be televised and generated enormous public interest. The reproduction dress features a tulip neckline, and is made from off-white satin brocade. The large pleats on the skirt have been edged with a cream coloured piping.

Drawing on material donated to the Gold Museum, this exhibition explores the life of the woman who was affectionately known to the Ballarat public as just “Jessica” of Stone’s.

Admission: Adult – $11.50, Child (5-15) $6.10, Concession - $9.20,
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $30.50.