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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 23 March 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 23 MARCH 2019 15 CULTURE Evie Anastasas displaying the fashion of the day. other islands - wore white, a tradition that was imported to the island from France. Single women would build their dowries that also included trunk loads of fashionable items accessorised with the finest jewellery from Nicosia, where the best craftsmen of the Ottoman Empire were found. The clothes, unlike today, were meant to last for more than just one lifetime. "Passed down through five generations of women, my mother inherited the wardrobe as the only daughter," Mr Conaghan said. "My grandmother went through four pregnancies, and there are signs that alterations were made to accommodate her size." Despite alterations, the clothes are of pristine condition. The collection consists of summer and winter garments that would be worn in layers all the way down to bloomers and other undergarments. The centrepiece of the collection is a coat dress in the traditional style, open below the knees, emerald green on the outside with vivid purple lining on the inside. Fabrics are spectacular with yellows, crimsons, bright green and sky blue with gold trims - an Aladdin's kaleidoscope of colour. "People weren't afraid of colour and patterns back then," Mr Conaghan said of his great grandmother's apparel that stands as the largest intact wardrobe that the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria knows to date. The wardrobe carries a legacy. "It needs to be aired on occasion," he said. "And I recently spent $1000 to have it professionally cleaned by a textile conserver. There are just two or three in Melbourne." One of the airings will take place at the event being hosted at the KAV Clubrooms on Sunday 14 April, where his mother's clothes and others will be presented to the wider public. There will be afternoon tea at 1.30pm, followed by the presentation from 2.45 to 4.30pm. The KAV Clubrooms are at 250 Dorcas Street, South melbourne. Visitors should bring a plate. Entry is by donation. Fine details in the garments. Costume from 1932. Kastellorizian ladies were left to manage property while the men went to sea.
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