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We will have three speakers at the fair.  Details below


Sydney born creative Claudia Chan Shaw has a multi faceted career as a fashion designer, television and radio presenter, author, public speaker, installation artist, photo artist, and curator.


WELL HEELED – SHOES THROUGH TIME No matter how many pairs you have, there’s always room for another pair of shoes. Throughout history shoes have been seen as symbols of power or status in society. High heels were worn by aristocrats and nobility. Thongs started out in Ancient Egypt and made their way to Bondi. Sometimes we suffer for the love of our shoes. They don’t call them “killer heels” for nothing. Join Claudia Chan Shaw for an intriguing look at our fascination with shoes and the stories behind them – from flats and stilettos, to trainers, Crocs and the catwalk. Just think of Cinderella or the Wizard of Oz – it’s all about the shoes in the end.



Andy has dealt in antiques since adolescence but served an apprenticeship in journalism. After working in music, film and television, he returned to writing in 2004, authoring the The Decanter, An Illustrated History of Glass From 1650. He followed this in 2006 with Miller’s’ 20th Century Glass. He continues to write and runs Britain’s largest antique glass gallery in Rye, Sussex. Andy is best known as the humorous glass specialist on BBC’s evergreen Antiques Roadshow.



At present, a surprise presentation. He is away from home, hard to contact, and I’m as eager to hear from him as you are.


Tom Mc Evoy

Mavis Ripper the forgotten costume designer of the Australian film industry in the 1930s and designed the costumes for one of the first Aussie films to be in partnership with a Hollywood studio.

She died in obscurity and not a single one of her designs or costumes is known to still exist, but perhaps someone out there has one!

She was Australia’s highest paid woman at one time in the 1940s, her salon in Sydney was funded by the Packer family. She tried to keep Australian design culture going throughout the War but she retired to paint and never really heard of since. Surely there could be at least one of her designs somewhere in someone wardrobe ?

We will be developing this story with images and as a Fashion hunt to find some of the pieces from her salon in Sydney.



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