The Peppin Heritage Centre’s newest exhibition is the last chance for members of the public to see a French-made silk wedding dress worn by one of the Peppin daughters in the early 1900s.
The dress is one of at least two that will retire from exhibition, as the heavy silk dresses have become too delicate with decay and time.
Tourism and culture officer Jane Frazer said the exhibition features mainly local dresses from as early as 1880 belonging to the Peppin Heritage Centre’s collection.
‘‘Quite a few of the dresses are Peppin related. We have two wedding dresses from 1938, one from 1948 and a variety of other dresses and gowns from as early as the 1880s,’’ Ms Frazer said.
‘‘All of the dresses are registered with the Australian Dress Register because they are all significant and most of them hold local importance.
‘‘It is a good example of the preservation of dresses and what happens to them from different eras, but this does mean a few of our dresses will be retired from viewing from the state of decay they are in.’’
Ms Frazer said the exhibition will run until the end of June and offers a unique opportunity to both locals and visitors.
‘‘When the steam train came through on Saturday, lots of visitors from Melbourne came to have a look. They enjoyed the exhibition and noted how lovely some of the pieces are,’’ she said.
‘‘I encourage everyone to come and have a look for the last time and watch for some of our other upcoming exhibitions.’’
The exhibition is open from 9am to 4pm each day, with admission $3 per person.
Upcoming exhibitions include the Dragos Marcu art exhibition in August, In Focus photographic exhibition in September, Artlife art exhibition in October, High Art in November and the Edward River Art Society show in December.