Night Life

A fashion exhibition of the 1920s and 30s

Be transported to a time where stars, sophistication and city lights influenced the fashion worn by the well-dressed.

Night Life is an exhibition drawn from the fashion collection of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). It showcases a dynamic and visually impressive time in Victoria’s fashion history over 20 years from the early 1920s to the Moderne style of the 30s.

The exhibition includes over 50 delicate pieces, including a rare bequest, and the works of contemporary Melbourne stylists, designers and photographers who view the era through modern eyes.

Over the exhibition’s three month duration there will be a series of events including themed soirees, fashion high teas and daytime activities such as design workshops and curator talks. More. 

The exhibition is open daily, 10am to 4pm at Rippon Lea House and Gardens from 5 May to 30 July 2017.




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Please note – The Night Life exhibition is presented inside Rippon Lea Estate. During this time the internal furniture and fixtures may have been removed, adjusted or replaced to accommodate the exhibition pieces. Regular tours of the mansion won’t be offered during the exhibition period and will only re-commence after all original furniture and fixtures have been re-installed and once the exhibition has ended.

All ticket holders will be entered into the draw to win a 3 year National Trust of Australia Household Membership. Entry is at the door. Competition terms and conditions are available here

Exhibition Opening Times

5 May to 30 July 2017

Open Daily

10am to 4pm

Admission Prices


Adult $20

Concession $18

Child (5-15 year) $10

Family (2 adults & 2 children) $50


National Trust Members

Adult $17

Concession $16

Child (5-15 year) $7.50

Family (2 adults & 2 children) $45

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It’s exciting to present these costumes in a way that captures the spirit of the age. Many have been made locally in Victoria so they represent the fashion that was being worn here during the 20s and 30s. These are clothes our great grandmothers and grandfathers were wearing when they danced the night away or enjoyed a Hollywood film.

Elizabeth Anya-Petrivna, National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Curator

Rippon Lea House and Gardens - Planning your visit


192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick 3185 VIC

0468 308 661 or call Bookings Office on (03) 9656 9889 Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm.

Evening wear often holds a special place in our repertoire of dressing. The clothes we wear at night are invested with an emotional power and expectation.  They carry the hopes for the evening and then hold the memories we made during the night.

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