If you are interested in the history of fashion than this new exhibit is for you!
The Liverpool Regional Museum in Sydney’s west is hosting Madame Weigel: Patterns from Country to City exhibition from Friday 6 July to Saturday 1 September. The show is on loan from the Templin Historical Museum in QLD.
The exhibit features an impressive array of garments including some from Templin’s extensive collection, and others newly made from Madame Weigel’s patterns using vintage fabrics. Well worth a visit!
So, who’s Madame Weigel? I think the experts explain this best. Here’s an extract from the Madame Weigel website:
“Madame Weigel’s paper pattern series was a vital part of life for many women who sewed at home. Started in 1878, Weigel’s patterns spanned nine decades and gathered many devoted followers who needed, and loved, Madame’s work.
With Weigel’s publications distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand, Madame Weigel soon became a household name. She worked alongside her husband, Oscar, to become the first commercial manufacturers of paper patterns in Australasia, and to publish Weigel’s Journal of Fashion (1880-1915) and Madame Weigel’s Journal of Fashion (1915-1950). Finally, after 91 years of business and millions of patterns sold, Madame Weigel’s paper pattern business closed in 1969.
Madame Weigel’s patterns represented high fashion to the readers of Weigel’s Journal of Fashion, and this was how she issued her new patterns – through her journal, a key marketing tool. She also repeated many patterns in the journal, now found to represent more everyday clothing – those garments that were useful time and again and in steady demand for practical home sewing.”
If you’re interested in the history of fashion and clothing in Australasia, in home sewing, vintage or retro fashion, then Madame Weigel will fascinate you.
Madame Weigel: Patterns from Country to City
Friday 6 July to Saturday 1 September
Liverpool Regional Museum, Cnr Congressional Drive and Hume Highway, Liverpool, NSW