As the second season of 'Miss Fisher' came to it's end I needed little persuading by my daughter to go to the exhibition at Rippon Lea house. Even though I have lived in and around Melbourne for nearly 50 years I had never visited this beautiful mansion before.
After entering through the gatehouse the driveway up to the main house is lined with stately old trees and well maintained grounds. The exhibition itself focuses mainly on Miss Fisher's wardrobe presented in the gentile setting of this beautiful period home. Fan's of the series will have noticed Miss Fisher's frequent changes of clothing, all of which still seem appropriate to the scene. It doesn't take much imagination to appreciate the level of skill and deep research that went into this believable recreation of upper-class lifestyle.
We had fun walking around the house and grounds and spotting places where various scenes had been set. We had an enjoyable time and would recommend the experience even after the exhibition has finished. A real snapshot of how the wealthy lived in the pre-war years. It is pure escapism and I'm all for a piece of that!
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