Como House of Discovery: Under Things

1 Mar 2024 ‐

01 Mar 2024

11:00 am ‐ 3:00 pm

Adult: $15
Concession: $12
Child: $9
Family: $35 (2A + 2C)
National Trust Members: Free

A subtle uncovering of layers, Como House is transformed into an imagined dressing room, where under things are revealed in their material beauty.

Explore the rooms of Como House and see a glimpse into the processes and performance of getting dressed. An installation featuring white work underwear that is very rarely seen in exhibitions, including garments from the National Trust of Australia (Victoria)’s own Fashion & Costume Collection.

Ethereal and dreamy – see lace, embroidery and hand-stitched delicate cottons together with underpinnings such as corsets and crinolines. Under Things reveals what was worn by women during the 19th and early 20th centuries to create the fashionable silhouettes of the time.

Exploring themes of light and transparency, comfort and discomfort, cleanliness and work, as well as the handmade and manufactured. The installation will showcase these garments in context with the lives once lived at Como House.


Presented as part of the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Independent Programme.


This event is proudly sponsored by the Heritage Council Victoria.

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About Como House & Garden

Como House offers a glimpse into the life and times of former owners, the Armytage family, who lived there for nearly a century. The Armytages became famous amongst Melbourne high society and equally famous for their many elegant dances, dinners and receptions. The house is surrounded by stunning gardens and lawns, including an interpretation of a classic perennial border by renowned designer and Como Ambassador Paul Bangay.  

Como House is under the custodianship of The National Trust of Australia (Victoria), the state’s premier heritage and conservation organisation. The NTV is committed to sustainable practice and to play an active part in the global movement to overcome climate change. 

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