Step into Rippon Lea and enter the opulent 1920s world of the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher and her crime fighting associates. Based on the novels of Australian author Kerry Greenwood, the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries series has captured the imagination of Australia.
This brand new exhibition, set in the home of Aunt Prudence in the TV series, features never before seen series three costumes and props. See up close the outfits worn by Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) and her cohorts – including Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) and Aunt Prudence (Miriam Margolyes).
“As soon as I put on Phryne’s clothes I can adopt Phryne poses and promenade, and make an entry, feel confident and audacious… They just make me feel so good that I get away with things I could never pull off in my everyday life,” says Essie Davis on playing Miss Phryne Fisher.
Walk through the different sets and touch and feel the sumptuous fabrics. Try on replica costumes and interact with props and furniture from the show as you step deeper into Phryne’s world. Solve a crime by looking out for clues from Detective Inspector Jack Johnson. As you go upstairs, become part of the crew and go behind the scenes to discover the inspiration for the costumes and understand how they were made. You will even get the chance to design your own dress.
Grab your croquet mallett for some lawn games at the 1920s inspired Garden Party. Channel your inner-Phryne at the pop-up 1920s hair and makeup salon and head into the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition and get inspired by all of the sumptuous costumes, or dance the night away at the After Dark Friday Nights at a 1920s inspired speakeasy bar. The Miss Fisher’s Wardlow Tea Rooms will be transformed into a lounge bar with a jazz band!
Join the National Trust curators for a guided tour of the exhibition. Find out how the exhibition was developed, what happens behind the scenes and ask as many questions as you can think of, or let the ladies from The Distinctive Dame teach you the tricks of the trade to becoming a 1920s beauty, before hitting the dance floor with the guys and dolls from Swing Patrol. Check the website for more details and dates of these activities.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition
Rippon Lea House, 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick
Exhibition continues to 30 September 2015
Entry fees apply
For more information, visit: www.missfisherexhibition.com.au for details.
Image: Essie Davis as Miss Phryne Fisher