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‘Something to be viewed’: Traditional dress collection brings back memories of loved ones

‘Something to be viewed’: Traditional dress collection brings back memories of loved ones

The slack Dulcie Mason’s culturally indispensable handmade dress collection is bringing fond memories to lifestyles whereas elevating funds for a central Queensland op store.

Ms Mason changed into a Darling Downs lady who loved to dance — and with every occasion, her supreme supreme friend and dressmaker Thelma Beutel handcrafted her a brand unusual outfit to suit the latest vogue.

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“These dresses are astonishing,” Anglicare volunteer and colour stylist Jacquie Mackay said.

A historic photo of a woman in a ballgown.

Dulcie Mason earned cash to salvage her frocks by promoting eggs on the Darling Downs.(

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The eclectic collection of 70 dresses, accompanied by accessories together with gloves, luggage and hats, dates back to the mid-1900s.

“It truly is one thing to be viewed, it ought to bring back plenty of memories for tons of folk I’m distinct,” Ms Mackay said.

“We commence off with a dress that potentially dates back to the 1940s which is kind of bit austere … however it has the most beautiful beading, completely astonishing hand beading.

“But then as we transfer into the 1950s, you begin to gain plenty more of the colors back in all every other time, plenty more though-provoking in the accomplish, runt nipped in waist and total skirts with petticoats beneath.

Dulcie Mason stands between two mannequins.

Dulcie Mason attended nation balls up till the 1990s.(

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A culturally indispensable collection

When Dulcie died in 2017, she left the collection to textile artist Nicki Authorized pointers who had hoped to salvage a everlasting direct for the frocks to be displayed – however she died in 2018.

Pink dress, handmade flowers, close up.

Dulcie Mason’s handmade dress collection is being exhibited at an op store occasion in Rockhampton.(

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Steve Townson, president and director of the Australian Cultural Library said the collection changed into no longer a long-established acquisition.

“They had been very conclude to being discarded, potentially,” Mr Townson said.

“They had been offered to diversified institutes, however no-one gave the affect to cost the collection.

“The dresses are clearly indispensable though, as an instance of local manufacturing of all diversified sorts and designs.

“So, we took a bet by announcing we would accept them and a minimum of build them into storage till one thing may per chance per chance presumably be executed with the collection.”

Steve Townson smiling, black shirt, standing in front of hanging dress collection.

Steve Townson is the director and president of the Australian Cultural Library, basically based totally in Rosewood.(

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Since taking it on board a couple of 300 and sixty five days up to now, Mr Townson said a distinct visitor had attended one of three exhibitions of the collection.

“The daughter of Dulcie had grew to become up and mentioned that by us the usage of the exhibition and the dresses for fundraising for an op store in Rosewood — that changed into precisely what her mother’s intentions would’ve been for the dresses,” he said.

“In a roundabout blueprint, the principle is to salvage one other organisation that is more correct for the collection, so a vogue museum or one thing that will per chance presumably clearly bask in and be in a situation to defend it plenty better than our criteria and our abilities.”

Gold sequin peacock on a deep red dress.

Dulcie’s handmade dress collection is an eclectic mix of sorts and colours.(

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Mr Townson said whereas the dresses remained in the library’s collection they would continue to point to them for an amazing purpose.

“It appears to bring out plenty of folk from diversified backgrounds, diversified ages to boot to form of judge,” he said.

“We’ll strive to, every now after which, instruct them as a blueprint of fundraising for a community organisation or a minimum of bringing folk out.

“Namely elderly folk, out of their homes, it ought to [give them] someplace safe and someplace to judge and be portion of a community.”

Dulcie Mason dresses

The eclectic collection of dresses, accompanied by accessories together with gloves, luggage and hats, dates back the 1940s.


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Supporting tiny non-profit organisations

Nicole Poll, Anglicare Carve value Store coordinator, said the organisation changed into grateful for the library’s support.

“We made up our minds that we too would elevate out a vogue parade of our clothing from the store honest to design more consciousness of what we truly promote because now we beget some beautiful stuff,” Ms Poll said.

“The general volunteers from the store beget been enthusiastic – now we beget about 15 items that’ve all been enthusiastic and it’s taken plenty of hours.”

Julie Thornton holding up a colourful dress, smiling.

Rockhampton textile artist, Julie Thornton made this dress from cotton raze.(

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Rockhampton volunteer Julie Thornton contributed her personal designs to Anglicare’s pre-loved vogue parade being held with the Dulcie point to.

“I’ve been doing artwork to build on for 20 years,” she said.

“I judge I’m the best one doing wearable artwork now in central Queensland.

Ms Thornton hoped wearable artwork and pre-loved vogue would become more standard.

“I judge now with all people talking in regards to the atmosphere – we truly prefer to judge more severely about recycling garments.

“The quantity of garments which may per chance per chance presumably be given away every 300 and sixty five days is really distressing, and I judge if folk commence taking a survey and by what they’re wanting for, it ought to befriend build the planet.”

‘Something to be viewed’: Traditional dress collection brings back memories of loved ones