The Bowerbird and The Bride

Enthusiastic fashionistas, designers and lovers of bridal couture are buzzing about the latest exhibition The Bowerbird and The Bride.

An exquisite collection of 45 bridal gowns ranging from the 1880’s to 1970”s are currently on show at Old Government House, Brisbane.

Australian costume designer Marion Bryce generously loaned a stunning range of garments from her personal collection in conjunction with QUT.

Marion Boyce collection No 26_520 © John Gollings_


Marion is well known costume designer becoming a household name after designing for the popular television series Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and the film The Dressmaker.

Her love of collecting garments and accessories began as a  child and they now provide her with inspiration for creating her own award winning costume designs.

Flowing over several rooms of the ground level of Old Government House, the exhibition showcases a scrumptious range of bridal garments and accessories that Marion calls her ‘treasures’.

Included in the show are tea gowns made from fine swiss cotton worn by Australian brides in colonial times, a beautiful silk fishtail gown from the 1930’s, an iconic full skirted gown from the 1950’s through to lace and daisy adorned creations from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Accompanying flower girl dresses, bridal headpieces and even lingerie feature in the exhibition highlighting fashion trends and throwing a nostalgic light on bygone eras.

Words by Elizabeth Lamont

Imagery by John Gollings

Details: The Bowerbird and The Bride | From the collection of Marion Boyce | Old Government House QUT Precinct | 12 July – 19 August 2018 | Open 10am – 3pm daily (last entry 2pm) | closed Ekka public holiday 15 August | ticketed