Five decades of fash­ion on show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By DENISE S. CAHILL

CLARE­MONT fash­ion stal­wart Judy Bur­bury is pre­sent­ing 50 years of fash­ion to mark the half­cen­tury cel­e­bra­tion of Adam Heath at Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val this month.

About 40 mod­els will grace the cat­walk in 50 out­fits to the tune of mu­sic from the past five decades.

“It’s been such a jour­ney to re­search the 50 years of Aus­tralian fash­ion and with that the his­tory of what went on in Aus­tralia and the changes that took place,” Mrs Bur­bury said.

Adam Heath was the first shop to open in Clare­mont Ar­cade in 1966 and Mrs Bur­bury bought it in 1985 re­lo­cat­ing to the Clare­mont Quar­ter in 2011.

A year ago, Mrs Bur­bury moved in to Bay View Ter­race.

“We have sur­vived be­cause we’ve been care­ful and hon­est with bring­ing the clothes to the clients and we look after them,” she said.

“We have a great re­la­tion­ship with the com­mu­nity and the peo­ple who shop here.” 1960s

“The 1960s were the be­gin­ning of Aus­tralian de­sign­ers as we know them. The girls were lit­tle dolls, the fash­ions were short.” 1970s

“The war passed, youth be­came more independent… kids started to leave home and they dressed ac­cord­ingly. It’s where we get our vin­tage cloth­ing fashio

from now. Wide leg pants, denim and flat shoes.” 1980s

“In the 80s Aus­tralia moved on and did well. Aus­tralia grew and be­came much wealth­ier. There was the chal­lenge for the Amer­ica’s Cup, peo­ple trav­elled and wanted to dress like they had done well. Fash­ion was big and bold. It was a great era.” 1990s

“At the end of the 80s the stock mar­ket crashed so the 90s were calmer, more se­date and made less of a state­ment. At the end of the mil­len­nium there were more balls so peo­ple were for­mal and were glam­ming up.” 2000s

“In 2000 re­tail changed with so­cial me­dia so ev­ery­one knew what ev­ery­one was do­ing all over the world. What was show­ing in Europe was how peo­ple wanted to dress here.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d458747

Eye on fash­ion: Clare­mont fash­ion stal­wart Judy Bur­bury will cel­e­brate 50 years of mu­sic and fash­ion at Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val.

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