Historic costumes head to Auburn Gallery

Linhay Gallery owner Hellen Bakhoff will be hosting costumer Kay Inverarity's work in April, showcasing a unique display of historic fashion pieces.
Linhay Gallery owner Hellen Bakhoff will be hosting costumer Kay Inverarity's work in April, showcasing a unique display of historic fashion pieces.

Building a reputation for its paintings, quilts, and alternative arts pieces, the Linhay Gallery in Auburn will be showcasing yet another art style this month, costumes, in a unique exhibition to the region.

A historic display showcasing the work of Kay Inverarity opened on Saturday, April 1, and will run until Monday, April 24.

Linhay Gallery owner Hellen Bakhoff said the exhibition has merged a history lesson with a display of the evolution of fashion which will paint an image and social timeline for attendees. 

The celebration of garments of days gone also commemorated Ms Inverarity’s 40th years as a costumer.

“She (Ms Inverarity) is just an amazing person and she has a vast in depth knowledge of garment construction and details over many centuries,” Ms Bakhoff said.

“The clothes she’s bringing here are copies of original garments and they’re made all by hand in the same way that they would have been at the time.”

The attire showcased will be of authentic design and made from fabric such as silk, cotton and pure wool, similar to those from the 1300s through to the the early 1900s.

“They (the costumes) are absolutely historically accurate,” Ms Bakhoff said.

There are 15 mannequin dressed with garments and accessories as well as additional pieces on a table and in a display cabinet for visitors to look at.

To enhance the exhibit, handmade quilts created by Michele Hill, a renowned and award winning quilter from Adelaide have been used to decorate the gallery. 

Entry to the exhibit is a gold coin donation as none of Ms Inverarity’s costumes are available for purchase.