Life and Death

Lest We Forget: How the Great War changed what we wore in the face of death.

What does one wear when mourning Australian soldiers killed in battles on the other side of the world?

When Australia entered the Great War its sense of style was influenced by the fashion of the Victorian and Edwardian eras as determined by Britain. But with so many husbands and sons killed on the battlefields it became impossible to follow the traditions of mourning and clothing style changed.

Designer and costume historian Fiona Reilly unravels bygone Australian fashion and mourning practices looking at clothing choices of earlier eras and exploring how the dead were honoured in the violent world of the early 20th Century.

Reilly will present the changes in mourning rituals and the influence of intercultural mourning practices introduced by successive waves of migrants.

Mosman Council Event Free Event


  • Wednesday 5 September 2018
  • 7.00pm – 8.00pm


  • Barry O’Keefe Library (Mosman Library Service)
  • Library Walk, 605 Military Road, Mosman


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