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Launch: Madame Weigel: patterns from country to city EXHIBITION


Friday 6 July 11.00 to 12.30 pm Liverpool Regional Museum

TALK: Madame Weigel: patterns from country to city Talk by Dr Veronica R Lampkin


Dr Lampkin will present on her book 'Madame Weigel: the Woman who Clothed the Australasian Colonies', which presents the story of Madame Weigel who was an important part of Australasian history. Attendees will learn that from her Melbourne base, Weigel’s influence was particularly strong in rural areas where women had to be more resourceful in clothing themselves and their families. 
Weigel’s pattern series was an outstanding achievement, a continuous series that ran for nine decades from Pattern 100 in 1878 to the end of business in 1969. Throughout that time, over 9000 of paper patterns were issued by Madame Weigel and her business, enabling women across Australasia to clothe themselves and their families. 
As a business woman, Madame Weigel survived a hands-on decade in the 1880s; an economic depression in the 1890s; the changes of the Edwardian decade; the turmoil of the Great War; the liberation of the 1920s; then another depression in the 1930s. After her death in 1940, the pattern series struggled through wartime and production constraints during the 1940s, 50s and 60s.  This will be a most informative and enjoyable presentation on a remarkable woman.

Friday 6 July

1.00pm to 2 pm 

Liverpool Regional Museum
Bookings required

EXHIBITION: Madame Weigel: patterns from country to city


With remarkable longevity, her pattern series spanned over 90 years from 1878 to 1969, her journal 70 years from 1880 to 1950. Her publications chart a unique history of Antipodean fashion and clothing: what women were sewing, and who they were sewing for.  Dr Veronica R. Lampkin

This exhibition, kindly on loan from Templin Historical Society & Templin Museum (Qld), will be complemented by public programs for all ages with special opportunities for school visits. 

Friday 6 July to Saturday 1 September 2018