A packed house of members and guests attended the Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum on December 4 for the official opening of a new exhibition, Glamour of the 1930s, by Paola Di Trocchio, Curator of Fashion and Textiles at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Ms Di Trocchio gave a particularly interesting address about the various influences during the 1930s, in particular the Depression, and she quoted various major designers whose examples were to be found in the exhibition.
Her presentation was of great interest to all, no matter their expertise in fashion and costume design.
She expressed great interest in the operation and quality of the Benalla Museum, particularly the fact that it is entirely run by volunteers.
After welcoming everybody, Benalla Historical Society president Tom Crocker took great pleasure in presenting Norma Grubb, OAM, with a certificate of Life Membership of the Society.
He noted that Norma had been a committee member since 1974 including some years as vice-president.
Her professional training in textiles, garment construction and associated skills, plus her interest in the history of costume, have been invaluable assets generously shared while leading the society’s exhibitions subcommittee for many years.
In the more than 50 years of the Historical Society, there have only been five other Life Memberships awarded and Mrs Grubb is considered an extremely worthy sixth awardee.