|Miss Violet Florence Page circa 1920's|
Miss Page came to my attention through Peter and Laraine Staton of Hazelbrook Cottage Antiques, Peter thought I’d like the ‘Marriage Licence’ dress (see below right) as I’m a marriage celebrant, Offbeat Ceremonies, as well as a dressmaker.
|The Marriage License Dress|
I was very curious about this unusual costume and the woman who made it. Peter offered me a battered cardboard suitcase and a few garbage bags of ‘rags’ and other memorabilia from an estate sale, this turned into a treasure trove of a dressmaker's working life from the 20th century.
Miss Violet Florence Page, Blue Mountains Dressmaker 1920’s – 1970’s, and they were all about to be tossed to the tip.
In the suitcase and plastic bags were gowns made by her in the 1920’s to 1940’s, dress patterns from the 20's to the 50's, letters from clients, friends and the romantic story of a lost love.
|The March Miss Page 1920's Gowns Exhibition|
I felt that she needed to be remembered, so I decided to host an exhibition of the 1920's gowns as part of the The Roaring Twenties .... and All That Jazz Festival in March 2011. My event caught the eye of Ann Beveridge of the Daily Telegraph and she researched and published the romantic and sad ‘Hearts broken after war’ story of unrequited love in WWII (Saturday Telegraph, 12/2/2011, p.36, History Section)
This article provided me with contacts from women who had had wedding, bridesmaids and evening dresses made by Miss Page. These women offered up their stories of the dressmaker and of their special gowns, which provided more insight to Miss Page's career and life both before and after WWII.
|1920's Afternoon Tea Dance and Miss Page Exhibition. My gown on the far right is made from a 1920's pattern that had belonged to Miss Page|
We are planning another exhibition in this winter 2011. We will exhibit all the gowns in the collection, gowns made by a talented local dressmaker, at a price that was affordable to her clientele, not Channel and Dior, but beautiful and stylish none-the-less. Along with the gowns will be memorabilia, letters and patterns.
I'm still collecting information on Miss Page and if you have any information about her, perhaps a gown, or photos that you’d like to pass onto the Miss Page collection for future display please contact me on 02 4701 9345 or by email