The Perfect Afternoon Tea at Blue Mountains Grammar

There is no better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon 
than to watch beautiful young women (all students at Grammar) model 
one hundred years of fashions worn by ladies to 'take tea'. 

We began with the 1900s and ended with 2016. 
A packed house helped us celebrate this wonderful tradition that raised $3000 for the
Blue Mountains Grammar Parents & Friends Organisation.

All the dresses and accessories were sourced from The Darnell Collection.
(Photos couresty of Brigitte Grant Photography and Anne Cranna, Blue Mountains Grammar)

Cakes and tea sandwiches graced every table
A delicate lawn and hand embroidered lace tea gown from 1900 worn by Claudia
A stunning linen and cotton crocheted lace skirt and jacket from 1910 worn by Alex
(Photo credit: Anne Crana, Blue Mountains Grammar)
An unusual linen and cotton crocheted lace day dress from 1920 worn by Eleni
A cotton embroidered party dress from 1920 worn by Nikki
(Photo credit: Anne Cranna, Blue Mountains Grammar)
A beautiful cotton organdie tea gown from Holland from 1938 worn by Kate
(Photo credit: Anne Cranna, Blue Mountains Grammar)
A silk ribbon dress and sheared mouton cape from 1942 worn by Olivia
(Photo credit: Anne Cranna, Blue Mountains Grammar)

A lovely polished cotton printed day dress by L'Aignon from 1955 worn by Anetta
A summery cotton party dress by Horrockses of London from 1955 worn by Emma
(Photo credit: Anne Cranna, Blue Mountains Grammar)
A rayon jumpsuit from the 1960s worn by Olivia
(Photo credit: Anne Cranna, Blue Mountains Grammar)
A silk knit long Pucci hostess gown (and Mary Quant sunglasses) from 1964 worn by Alex
(Photo credit: Anne Cranna, Blue Mountains Grammar)
An ethereal Mexican cotton party dress from the mid 1970s worn by Eleni
(Photo credit: Anne Cranna, Blue Mountains Grammar)

A silk 'Buckingham Palace' tea party dress by Andrea Odicini from the 1980s worn by Olivia
(Photo credit: Anne Cranna, Blue Mountains Grammar)
A polyester and silk silk-screened mini dress by Joseph Ribkoff from the mid 1990s worn by Emma
A boucle wool Burberry dress from the late 1990s worn by Anetta
(Photo credit: Anne Cranna, Blue Mountains Grammar)
A pretty silk dress by TATA-NAKA from 2015 worn by Kate

Fashions for the Perfect Afternoon Tea - a fundraising event at Blue Mountains Grammar School

One Hundred years of elegant and ladylike fashion will be showcased on the catwalk and will celebrate what women wore to take tea.
From a delicate white cotton voile Edwardian dress, a silk satin floral printed dress from Holland, a demure Fifties New Look taffeta tea party dress, to a Dior skirt suit and Pucci hostess gown to dresses perfect for the modern woman.
Every dress will be accessorised with beautiful hats, gloves, handbags and jewels.

It will be a glorious afternoon and a wonderful way to raise money for the
Blue Mountains Grammar School Parents & Friends.

Please join us for a perfect afternoon.
$35 per person; $25 concession; $15 student
Bookings: 4757-9000

Fashion Parade at the Roaring Twenties festival at the Hydro Majestic Hotel

The Fifth annual Roaring Twenties/Charleston Challenge event took place high in the mountains of NSW on (another) foggy day. We didn't beat the world record for the number of dancers, dressed in vintage, dancing the Charleston, but we certainly had a fabulous time trying.

Following the Challenge, 250 people adjourned to the Hydro Majestic marquee to spend the afternoon wining and dining on a locally produced five course meal. 

The Darnell Collection was featured in a mini catwalk parade of rare and stunning 1920s garments and accessories, co-hosted by the fabulous Damien Beaumont, presenter at ABC Classic FM radio.

What a great day. I'm still recovering! 
Congratulations to everyone who organised and brought this festival to fruition. Bring on 2018!
A misty moment dancing the Charleston
With my great friend and Patron of the Festival, Claudia Chan Shaw
Winners of the Best Dressed competitions
At the Long Lunch 20s fashion parade. Olivia wears an original 20s 'step-in' chemise (or 'onesie' as we call it today!)

Olivia wears a 20s silk 'teddy'
Eleni wears a silk tricot knit sweater, palazzo pants and hand printed silk chiffon blouse

Eleni's second outfit is a beautiful silk and glass bead embellished dress with an Egyptian motif

Kate wears a stunning silk 20s wedding dress

Anetta wears a delicate lace and silk crepe evening dress and a silk with silk moire shawl 

Posing on the terrace at the historic Hydro Majestic Hotel, Mellow Bath, Blue Mountains
Parade's over. Time to relax!

Sublime Photographs of 'Here Comes the Bride' by Brigitte Grant Photography

'Here Comes the Bride' 
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
Deerubbin Gallery, 300 George Street, Windsor, NSW
On view until 26th March
Open Every day from 10 - 4:30 except Tuesdays
Free Entry

A hand embroidered cotton lace veil with waxed orange blossoms 1920s (American)
A 1980s silk damask couture wedding gown (English)
A wool crepe wedding dress with cotton Irish crocheted and appliqu├ęd flowers from the 1960s (Australian)
Wedding crowns from the 1920s and 1930s (American)
A stunning Paul Poiret inspired voided silk wedding dress from the 1920s 
Early 1800s silk wedding shoes (American)
A 1860s Mourning dress worn to a goth wedding in Australia at Waverley Cemetery in 2013 (American)
A stunning silk organza overlaid 1950s wedding dress by Neiman & Marcus, bought in an Hawaiian thrift shop (American)
Wedding ephemera from 1907 - 1964
A beautiful lamb leather and silk chiffon gown by Orenda Creations designed by Steven Miller 2016 (Australian)