One of my favourite TV shows is Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, set in Melbourne in the 1920’s, based on the novels by Kerry Greenwood and screening in Australia on ABC TV.
So, when they announced a festival of all things Phryne we had to go! On display are costumes from Season 3 of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, with the costume exhibition being held at Ripponlea Estate, which is the home of Aunt Pru in the series.
Ripponlea is a beautiful, intact, Italianate mansion built in the 1870’s and still sits on extensive gardens thanks to the last owner (Louisa Jones) and the National Trust who fought a compulsory acquisition order from the ABC in the 1960’s and 70’s. The ABC wanted four acres of their gardens to allow them to extend the ABC studios. Thankfully the ABC lost, and had to settle with just .8 of an acre… and upon Louisa’s death it was bequeathed to the national trust.
The costumes, designed by Marion Boyce, are fabulous, full of period detail and made from the most amazing fabrics. The exhibition itself spills across rooms, downstairs and upstairs, with rooms setup depicting episodes and costumes from season 3.
After a delicious lunch at the Wardlow Tearooms complete with fine china, we took a walk around the gardens, past the tennis courts, around the ornamental lake and through the massive fernery.
Season 3 of Phryne has now finished, fingers crossed we get a season 4. Exhibition was fabulous and runs until September this year, well worth a visit.