Clare's 1920s Fashion Event

The 1920’s Vintage Fashion Talk and afternoon tea which took place on Sunday 2nd of May 2021 at the Clare Town Hall was a fun time for all involved.

The Clare Valley Band, who gave their time free of charge, led by their Band Leader / Conductor Sandy Bowen, kicked off proceedings with specially rehearsed 1920’s pieces.

  • Sandy Whitelaw, Curator National Trust SA Costume collection gave a fascinating talk on the Roaring Twenties fashion style

Guests included

  • Mayor Wayne Thomas, his wife Helen and Council CEO Helen MacDonald.

  • Sandy Whitelaw, Curator National Trust SA Costume collection,

Sandy Whitelaw was our guest speaker and in authentic costume and wig, gave an interesting talk on 1920’s fashion

  • illustrated by a few pieces from their collection and also

  • pieces from the Clare Museum which were included in a Pop Up Museum display.


Sandy, together with Millie Nicholls, Chair of the Clare Branch NTSA, scoured the room identifying candidates for the Best Dressed ‘Gatsby style’ prizes.

  • The number of people who made an effort to come dressed in style was most pleasing and

  • Sandy had the finalists perform an impromptu Charleston before declaring the winners – Di Hood (below, left) and Jon Ruwolt (right) and presenting their prizes.

High tea was provided by Museum volunteers who not only baked and buttered, but

  • beavered away backstage,

  • plated up a variety of sandwiches, cakes and

  • truffles for everyone to enjoy.

Prior to the event old plates were collected and made into three-tier Cake Stands.

  • Sadly due to COVID-SAFE requirements these could not be used for purpose

  • but instead were festooned with pomegranates, glory vine and pine cones to provide autumn themed table decorations.

Prizes for this and for the raffle were donated by Liz Callary – a lovely handcrafted platter, wooden decorated trays and exquisite hand-made biscuits which were well received by the winners.


At the closing of the day Millie presented Sandy with a gift of a Hamper of local produce as a sincere thank you to Sandy who had given her time and the assistance of her husband Warren, free of charge!


Margaret Springbett, who had been side stepping a number of opportunities to do so, was presented with a Certificate of Service as a Volunteer at the Museum, for the past 10 years.


We sold 76 tickets and provided complimentary tickets to guests and any Band members who wished to stay.

  • Volunteers who numbered 14 gave up most of the day and

  • indeed many hours in the weeks leading up to Sunday, organising and publicising the event

  • including a pop up display in a shop window in the main street, courtesy of Brian Tilbrook.

A good time was had by all!

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