Life's a pretty precious...

Life's a pretty precious...

Friday, 29 July 2016

ONCE UPON A BALLGOWN TWO...AND WHEN AN EMPORIUM IS A CONCERT HALL



Recently I attended a fund raiser concert at Emporium, Bellingen. 
Michelle der Kinderen's beautiful soprano voice soared through the heritage listed Hammond and Wheatley building. Opera's most glorious arias filled my head and soul over the following week and I couldn't resist...








Michelle's stunning costumes rippled and flowed up and down
the staircase...
Shoes, clothes and accessories were pushed aside 
and the space became an intimate concert hall... 
Camellias added to the set...




This treasured slipper satin skirt is over 50 years old and is the other 
former ballgown I inherited from my mother. It had a beaded bodice with shoe string straps originally (which was removed to be more useful for evening wear as fashion became more casual, Mum said - BUT how can this fabulous skirt ever be just "casual"?) It had a matching satin bolero which was rebirthed as a bow and worn at the back of the skirt. (the bow was stuffed with tissue paper to give it lots of puff - tissue is still in there minus the puff...)





I've had the black velvet jacket for several years - discovered
in a funky retro shop which used to be in Bello...
My headwear is a pre-loved mantilla scarf...marcasite and garnet
earrings and necklace a gift many years ago from my mother (my middle 
name is Garnet)... 

                                                                                                                                       



I wore this (below) to my youngest son's wedding...
I love the drop waist at the front of the velveteen camisole (which I 
bought in the underwear section of the Emporium in Bellingen)...it's still so 
comfortable and gorgeous eleven years later. I also wore the lace
mantilla as I wear it here...



  In the photo above I'm wearing this pair of sandals I bought in Bali six years ago. They have gorgeous carved heels and are very comfortable.

  

The Hammond and Wheatley building was the first concrete block building in 
Australia and is believed to be the first in the southern hemisphere. 
It was completed in 1909 but operated as an Emporium from 
1900. Normal trading continued inside during the building process!
The ground floor ceiling is beautiful pressed metal. 
  


 Emporium Bellingen on ground floor,
Dervish Gallery on first floor... 



When a concert hall is an emporium...
  




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