Showgirl Headpiece Workshop at the Rare Trades Centre

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Join theatrical milliner, Rose Hudson, and learn to create a dramatic headpiece in the style of Lola Montez.

Lola Montez was the infamous celebrity imposter who beguiled Ballarat and surrounds with her alluring ‘Spider Dance’.

In this full-day workshop, you will learn traditional millinery techniques including manipulating wire to form a tiara style headpiece which you will embellish with beads, jewels, diamantes, braids, and feathers.

Bring your own op shop finds like earrings, necklaces, brooches, and bracelets to break up and add to your creation. Remember, this is stage headwear for performance so fake diamonds, glittery stones, and shiny braids will be perfect.

Held at Ballarat’s Australian Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades, a world-class facility dedicated to learning and preserving Australia’s rare arts and trades through a series of workshops, masterclasses, events, and residencies.

Content: Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades

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  • Actively welcomes people with access needs.

13 Jul

9:00am - 4:30pm

Centre for Rare Arts & Forgotten Trades

Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC 3350

$365.00 per person

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