Melbourne Fair Events

Friday 25th March

2 to 3 pm on stand 34

Free Art Appraisals by Leigh Capel Belle Epoque stand no. 34

An opportunity for a General Assessment and Market Appraisal of your Art

Leigh Capel, Director of Belle Epoque Fine Art, will be offering free Fine Art appraisals for attendees of The Melbourne Fair. As an accredited valuer of the Auctioneers & Valuers Association Australia (AVAA), Leigh has many years’ experience working at some of Australia’s most prestigious Fine Art Auction Houses, including Sotheby’s, Menzies & Mossgreen. Leigh is also a registered Fine Art Lecturer with the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (ADFAS), where he has travelled around Australia giving presentations about value in the Art Market, and Building Collections.

Saturday 26th March and Sunday 27th March

Free Art Appraisals by Leigh Capel Belle Epoque stand no. 34, 2- 3pm

An opportunity for a General Assessment and Market Appraisal of your Art

Roaring Twenties Fashion on the Catwalk narrated by Inger Sheil

On the Catwalk, narrated by Inger Sheil A focus on 1920’s Fashion with a contemporary feel how women today can wear 1920’s clothing.

12.30 to 1.15pm  Fashion Parade Area

2.30 to 3.15 Fashions Parade Area (repeat)

Inger Sheil’s passion for historic fashion and social history began in childhood when her grandmother introduced her to stories of life in the 1920s and 30s, her father pointed out the Chrysler Building to her and described the Art Deco movement, and her mother provided a wardrobe of vintage 1960s and 70s clothing to play with. Since those early beginnings, she has lectured on fashion history at museums, festivals and vintage fairs in Australia and New Zealand, researched and sourced costuming for historical documentaries, published in print media and blogs and loaned pieces to exhibitions in Australia and overseas. Her collection of thousands of items of clothing and accessories spans the early years of the 19th century through to the 1980s, but her particular interest is the fashion of the 1920s. Inger has 18 years’ experience in the museum sector, has authored a book and many articles on subjects such as maritime history and polar exploration, and is an assistant curator for a national collecting institution

The Transformative Twenties, 1.30pm to 2.15pm

“Together, Lily and Tom will present their unique approach to fashion history as they weave together explorations of style and examinations of sartorial anthropology from the 1920’s”.

 Tom McEvoy – Fashion Anthropologist

With a Masters of Fashion at RMIT University, Tom’s area of interest is 20th Century Fashion. He has photographed more than 3,500 fashion garments through his House of Darlington.

He loves forgotten legacies that saw him explore ways to connect a digital generation with a lost world of Australian stories deeply embedded in historical garments.

Tom has presented many archival fashion shows for the Melbourne Fashion Festival, Museum Victoria, and National Trust and received a Masters Scholarship to further his studies at the School of Fashion at RMIT, which is now completing.

Lily Chen – Vintage Stylist and Researcher

A mid-to-early 20th Century stylist with a focus on nostalgic storytelling through historical Australian fashion labels.

Born in Guangzhou, China and raised in Australia, Lily’s aesthetic sensibilities are influenced by a blend of Eastern and Western cultures.

Her expertise in youth war, developed through her work for fashion label Dangerfield, helps Lily approach fashion history with an emphasis on inter-generational appeal. She seeks to develop ways to celebrate historical style in a language that speaks to the youth of today.

1.30 to 2.15  Fashion Parade