the hester canterbury ladies’ foray into fashion

The future ladies of Hester Canterbury enjoyed a spectacular mid-July outing to Rippon Lea House and Gardens where the National Trust showcased some of the finest wedding fashions. The exhibition, Love, Desire and Riches featured haute couture gowns from leading fashion designers including Valentino and contemporary creations from leading Australian designers Collette Dinnigan, Mariana Hardwick and Alex Perry.

Curator, Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna, led the group on a stunning journey of wedding couture from the 18th to 21st century, illustrating the changing face of wedding design through the ages. Gowns ranged from colourful to prudently quiet, to highly embellished and exuberant._DSC8997Lively conversation followed between future neighbours and friends over a delightful High Tea of savouries and sweet treats before returning back to Canterbury. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day, including BASS Care Director and Board member, Marie Curlis. The highlight of the excursion for many was BASS Care Chief Executive, David Cotter, volunteering to chauffer the group by mini bus to and from the Display Suite to Rippon Lea.