History Week 2012

Wrap yourself in Sydney's historical threads

8 September 2012

The art of window dressing, fashionable functions at Sydney Town Hall, Sydney's fashion scene from the 50s and the history of Akubra hats.

Join the historians from the City of Sydney's History Unit and the civic collection curator as they discuss the art of window dressing, fashionable functions at Sydney Town Hall, Sydney's fashion scene from the 50s and the history of Akubra hats.

Pictured: Fashion models in Woolloomooloo, late 1970s. City of Sydney Archives, Woolloomooloo photo collection: 63048

Laila Ellmoos


Laila is a historian with the City's History Program. Topic: the art of window dressing, and scientific and psychological selling methods used by Sydney's big stores in the mid-20th century.

Dr Margo Beasley


Margo is an oral historian in the City of Sydney's History Program. Topic: Sydney fashion world from the 1950s to the 1990s: boutique retailing, backroom artisans, celebrity clients, shimmering zoot suits, luxury fur and vintage chic.

Margaret Betteridge


Margaret is the Curator of the City of Sydney's Civic Collection. Topic: fashion statements and faux pas associated with the city’s civic history.

Dr Lisa Murray


Lisa is the City Historian. Topic: history of the Akubra - a symbol of the Aussie bushman, but for over 70 years it was manufactured right here in Sydney.

Last updated: Tuesday, 3 December 2013