Historical pictures show how Aussie fashion has changed over the years – 9News
From suits and dresses for tennis, to hats for golf – these old shots show fashions in Australia from days gone by.
1 of 13Attribution: State Library of Queensland
We are taking a glimpse back at how Australia’s fashion has evolved through some historical photographs found in the archives.
This shot was taken in the early 1900s in Brisbane and is a stark contrast to what a group playing tennis would be wearing today.
Full-length frocks and hats adorned with ribbons was the standard attire from women at this tennis party in Clayfield.
Men are also sporting suits, unlike the shorts and singlets we’d see today.
2 of 13Attribution: State Library of Queensland
This photo was captured near Cairns back in 1925.
The group were golfing in Atherton.
Tartan skirts, waistcoats, jackets and ties appear to be on trend, along with cloche hats.
3 of 13Attribution: State Library of Queensland
High-waisted shorts and swimwear have definitely made a comeback.
But the trend started much earlier.
Here a group of friends pose on Kirra Beach, on the Gold Coast, in 1938.
The State Library has recorded the women’s names as Cyris Stanners, Bernadette Waldron, Joan Kelly and Pat Keogh and they attended All Hallows’ School in Brisbane.
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Here you can see the dresses worn by teachers back in 1951.
The women here are staff at Paddington Kindergarten Brisbane and appear to favour floral dresses.
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Customers here browse the luxuries on offer at The glamourous F W Nissen jewellery store in Brisbane circa 1950.
The women’s hair is neatly done and they don full-frocked dresses.
Aside from the fashion, the items showcased a far cry from the digital offerings on sale today.
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Now, this photo is undated.
Beachgoers wear long-cover ups and bare feet as they stroll across the sand in Southport, Queensland.
Not much has changed in beach fashion, however, you might see more men sporting Budgy Smugglers than high-waisted trunks nowadays.
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The haircuts and dresses featured here are a picture of the 1920s.
The models are at a fashion parade at Brisbane department store, Finney Isles & Co.
The parade was held on 12 September 1929, in aid of the Creche and Kindergarten Association the shop.
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Young visitors of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition, better known as the Ekka, have matching looks, with tight ringlets, patterned dresses and berets.
It looks like they are enjoying the spoils of the show, holding jelly show bags.
This photo was taken in Brisbane in 1946.
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Here a group take afternoon tea on the verandah at an Italian-style villa in Harefield, Victoria, back in the 1900s.
It’s not often you would see anyone using a parasol like this today.
Women wear stiff dresses from neck to floor, with three piece suits for the men.
This building is now part of a school.
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Here a family wait in line to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Esquire Theatre in Melbourne in 1955.
The children are dressed in smart winter coats and lace-up shoes.
This photo was taken by photographer Graham Southam.
11 of 13Attribution: State Library of Victoria
It’s not known exactly when this photograph was taken, but it’s believed to be between 1870 and 1900.
The bride chose an exquisite, buttoned wedding dress.
Her groom opted for a top hat with his three-piece suit and pocket watch.
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The runways of today can be a completely immersive experience with flashing lights, projections and interesting locations.
This fashion show in Melbourne back in 1947 is stripped back to basics.
The crowd wear coats as they look up at the model in a sleek evening gown.
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Lavish outfits from old Melbourne drapers, Robertson & Moffats, are modelled by couples in this shot, taken between 1910 and 1930.
Bonnets and flat shoes which laced up the ankles were on trend for women, while men were in bow ties, top hats and tails.
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