Being in London over the last few days, it was a only a short hop over to one of my favourite cities in the world so I decided to make the trip to Paris with my sister-in-law, Hoda. You’re obviously constantly spoilt for choice as far as things to see and do in Paris, but on this particular day we decided to check out a gorgeous exhibition curated by Chaumet at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. Being a friend of the brand, I was excited to get up close and personal with some exquisite pieces from Chaumet’s archive. The theme of the exhibition was Botanical – Observing Beauty and features 400 works, including some plant themed pieces for Chaumet’s rich design history. Along with some 80 jewellery objects there were also paintings, sculptures, textiles, photographs and furniture to check out, all in keeping with the nature theme.
After so many years of not being able to travel, I can’t tell you how lovely it was to be able to stroll through such an exhibition, and leisurely take it all in while being in one of the most amazing cities in the world. Hoda and I made sure to take our time, particularly entranced by the jewellery which was absolutely stunning. From a vast array of tiaras (of which Chaumet is renowned for crafting, including those for the Empress Josephine) to bracelets and earrings, it was such a wonderful exhibition to check out. If you’re a jewellery fan like me, it was like being a kid in a candy store. I would definitely recommend paying a visit it if you find yourself in Paris over the next few months.
The Botanical – Observing Beauty exhibition is on from now until September 4 at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. You can find more details here.
Photography: Ashleigh Larden
Stunning Chaumet pieces on display
This post was produced in collaboration with Chaumet
With director of Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Dolla Merrillees and Terry Biviano
My Wedding Day was without a doubt one of the best and most special days of my life so I was truly honoured to have my wedding dress selected to feature in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney’s Love Is… exhibition which launched this month. The exhibit shines a spotlight on Australian wedding fashion spanning almost 200 years from colonial styles to bustled Victorian gowns, beaded flapper dresses, to the mini dresses of the 1960s and over-the-top 1980s gowns right through to the contemporary designs of today. I was excited to see my dress on show alongside gowns such as Australia’s oldest surviving wedding dress dating back to 1822 to the Balenciaga creation Nicole Kidman wore to her wedding to Keith Urban in 2006. If you love wedding fashion, you’ll also be able to get up close and personal to the outfits that Jesinta Franklin, Terry Biviano and Anthony Minichiello and Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell wore on their big day. Also gowns and accessories by designers including Toni Maticevski, Alex Perry, J’Aton, Collette Dinnigan, Viktoria Novak, Romance Was Born and Vera Wang also feature (if you’re a bride-to-be this is a great opportunity to get some wedding inspo). While you’re there don’t miss the chance to check out the Love Notes installation by principal partner Tiffany & Co where visitors can write their own personal love note on the brand’s luxury stationary and have the opportunity to have it on show. The exhibition will available to visit until April 22, 2018.
Australia’s oldest wedding dress worn by Ann Marsden in 1822
The amazing range of dresses at the Love Is… exhibition
1950s gown designed by Beril Jents
Wedding suits worn by Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell